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Unification of Religions

Unification of Religions

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Published by Mandar Karanjkar
A brief look at the attempt of unifying religions
A brief look at the attempt of unifying religions

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Published by: Mandar Karanjkar on Apr 02, 2011
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Unification of ReligionsAmong all the human tendencies, tendency to unify the things is one of themost dominant. People though respect diversity, are striving within to unifythe things. The religions also were not able to escape from theseunificationists. Though this effort of unify can simply the things, unification of religions is not at all desirable. For the ages, may philosophers, mystics andeven emperors have worked on this concept of unification and they had verypositive and constructive views behind those efforts. But, instead of so manyefforts, this unification is not possible. It is good that unification is notpossible, because this very concept of unification of religions is irreligious.Unification was tried in two ways. The one was to actuallyunify the religions and start a new religion which had all the good thoughtscollected from all the religions. This effort was done by Emperor Akbar andthen by a saint named Basaweshwar. Another effort consists of just pointingout similarities between religions and to follow them with equal devotion.Mahatma Gandhi and some theosophical thinkers worked a lot on this concept.I think it is needed to be understood why such efforts arenot desirable. It is said that religion is not something which is to be taken fromothers. It is something which you should generate within yourself. Eachperson should have his different religion. Many people point out similaritiesbetween Geeta and Holy Quran. But, it is something like deliberately puttingapples with mangoes. Each person is unique. Krishna was different andProphet Mohammad was different. Each one had his own unique way. It is asad situation that people need to follow someone; a Krishna or a Buddha.Actually, each person has right to be a Buddha. Every person does not havethis situation favorable so that he can blossom into an enlightened one. So, hestarts following someone who has blossomed. From here, the term religioncomes into existence. It is like someone has found the way and he is sharing itwith others. Someone has learned an instrument then he shares his journey.But the point which is to be noted is that, while doing so, individuality of thelearner is not damaged.Unification asks you to be identical. It does not care for theindividuality. The masters, though they influenced highly the lives of theirdisciples, never compromised with their individuality. Buddha has rightly said-´If you find me standing on your way, just kill me and go ahead.µ

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