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Swami Sivananda Quotes

Posted Mar 03 2009 3:56pm
ESSENTIALS ARE SAME

The essentials or fundamentals of all religions are the same. Only
non-essentials differ. `The Noble Eightfold Path' corresponds to `The
Sermon on the Mount' of Lord Jesus, and to the practice of sadacara
(right conduct) of the Hindus. Every religion shows the correct path
to God-realisation.

Every religion emphatically declares: "One can attain eternal bliss,
immortality (God-realisation) . To do this one must speak the truth,
observe purity or self-restraint, love others, and practise
concentration and meditation."

An intolerant man cannot attain God-realisation. As his intellect
becomes clouded on account of intolerance, he cannot grasp the truth.
All prophets are the messengers of God. They are great yogis who have
divine intuitive perception of God. Their words are infallible and
sacred.

Had it not been for these prophets and their writings, there would be
no hope for the salvation and betterment of man. Each prophet helped
mankind by the dissemination of knowledge and the founding of the
religion which would be most suited to the people amongst whom they
flourished. Glory to these prophets and their writings. May their
blessings be upon you all!

Beloved Friends! Behold the unity or oneness of all religions. He who
knows the truth, who has grasped the essence of all religions, will
never again enter into heated debates.

Realise your identity and intimate relationship with all beings -
with ants and dogs, with elephants and tigers, with Muslims and Jews,
with Hindus and Christians. There is only a degree of difference in
manifestation or expression. All forms belong to God or Saguna
Brahman.

May you all live happily, with one heart! May you all understand the
essential unity of all religions! May the blessings of all the
founders of all the religions be upon you! May you all attain God-
realisation in this very life!

Om Peace! Om Peace! Om Peace!
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