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Harmony and Unity amongst Religions

The idea of religious unity has strikes a chord with many people. I think that one of the great advances of the past century is that people have become more aware, tolerant and accepting of different faiths. True, there is still a long way to go. But, I feel that people are no longer inspired by the idea of only one path being correct. Sri Chinmoy has done much to try and promote the ideal of the underlying unity of the different world religions.

“No religion is absolutely perfect. Yet not only do we fight for religion, but also are we often willing to sacrifice our lives for it. And what we hopelessly fail to do is to live it. A true religion is that which has no caste, no creed, no colour. It is but an all-uniting and all-pervading embrace.”

Religion should not be a means to divide a separate people. It should be a vehicle to bring people together. As Sri Chinmoy suggests:

Man-made religions find fault with one another, whereas God-made religion is eternally a oneness-song — God-manifestation through human aspiration on earth.”

One of the great exponents of Religious Unity was the Hindu Yogi, Swami Vivekananda. This is an audio recording of his opening speech given at the World Parliament of Religions, Chicago, 1894.

Photo: Sri Chinmoy at World Parliament of Religions, Barcelona 2004
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Climbing Ten Thousand Himalayas

Firstly, welcome to I have a few other blogs so I don’t know what will end up here. Let’s see.

Priyadarshan has a new blog (powered by Drupal). It has a beautiful motto

Sailing Towards the Golden Shore – Climbing Ten Thousand Himalayas”

I think this is a good juxtaposition of the spiritual life – The final destination and the travails of reaching there.

When writing poetry Sri Chinmoy often used images of nature to convey ideas. The golden shore is the bliss of God-consciousness. Climbing ten thousand Himalayas is the long and arduous path we must cross to reach the goal.

Two poems from Ten Thousand Flower Flames by Sri Chinmoy:


Spirituality is not like coasting
But exactly like climbing-
Climbing ten thousand Himalayas.

From the book “Ten Thousand Flower-Flames Part 58”

The Golden Shore is Waiting

Although you are experiencing
Repeated defeats and failures,
Do not give up!
Always remember
The Golden Shore is waiting
For nobody else but you.

Excerpt from Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, Part 98 by Sri Chinmoy.

Also worth visiting Priyadarshan’s audio collection

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