Religion is based on Non-duality
- Hello Mother,
Religion is based on non-duality.
Om Tat Sat
Om Namah Shivaya
Jason James Morgan
Sri Ramakrishna, the God-man of Nineteenth Century India, is regarded
as the Prophet of the Harmony of Religions. The Great Master's
teachings, "As many faiths, so many paths," echoes the ancient words
of Vedanta, "Truth is one, sages call It by different names" (Rig-
Veda). Ramakrishna Order Centers all over the world are at the
forefront of interfaith understanding and cooperation. Vedanta
Centers of the Order teach the spiritual unity of humankind and
harmony of religions and draw inspiration from the universal truths
of all traditions. Following are a number of the teachings of
different faiths which reflect the universal ideas of Vedanta.
SEE GOD IN ALL
Sri Ramakrishna -- I have now come to a stage of realization in which
I see that God is walking in every human form and manifesting Himself
alike through the sage and the sinner, the virtuous and the vicious.
Therefore when I meet different people I say to myself, "God in the
form of the saint, God in the form of the sinner, God in the form of
the righteous, God in the form of the unrighteous."
Holy Mother -- If you want peace of mind, do not find fault with
others. Rather see your own faults. Learn to make the whole world
your own. No one is a stranger, my child; the whole world is your
Swami Vivekananda -- This is the gist of all worship -- to be pure
and to do good to others. He who sees Siva in the poor, in the weak,
and in the diseased, really worships Siva, and if he sees Siva only
in the image, his worship is but preliminary. He who has served and
helped one poor man seeing Siva in him, without thinking of his cast,
creed, or race, or anything, with him Siva is more pleased than with
the man who sees Him only in temples.
Buddha -- Goodwill toward all beings is the true religion; cherish in
your hearts boundless goodwill to all that lives.
Guru Nanak -- God is one, but He has innumerable forms. He is the
Creator of all and He Himself takes the human form.
Jesus Christ -- But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them
that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them
which despitefully use you, and persecute you. That you may be the
children of your Father which is in heaven; for he makes his sun to
rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on
Judaism -- You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you
shall reason with your neighbor, lest you bear in sin because of him.
You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons of
your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Krishna -- He who sees the Supreme Lord abiding alike in all beings,
and not perishing when they perish - verily, he alone sees.
Mohammed -- All God's creatures are His family; and he is the most
beloved of God who tries to do most good to God's creatures.
Native American -- Every dawn as it comes is a holy event, and every
day is holy, for the light comes from your Father, Wakan-Tanka; and
also always remember that the two-leggeds and all other peoples who
stand upon this earth are sacred and should be treated as such.
Rama -- It is the shadow of the Paramatman that you see reflected in
all the living beings as the Jivatman. Don't you see the great sky
reflected in each and every lake or river?
Sankara -- Vishnu alone it is who dwells in you, in me, in
everything; Empty of meaning is your wrath, and the impatience you
reveal. Seeing yourself in everyone, have done with all diversity.
Vedas -- The wise man beholds all beings in the Self, and the Self in
all beings; for that reason he does not hate anyone.
Zoroaster -- Forget self and identify Ahura Mazda in every being and
GOD IS WITHIN YOU
Sri Ramakrishna -- Do you know what I see? I see Him as all. Men and
other creatures appear to me only as hollow forms, moving their heads
and hands and feet, but within is the Lord Himself.
Holy Mother -- When one realizes God, He grants knowledge and
illumination from within; one knows it oneself. In the fullness of
one's spiritual realization one will find that He who resides in
one's heart, resides in the hearts of others as well - the oppressed,
the persecuted, the untouchable, and the outcast.
Swami Vivekananda -- It is impossible to find God outside of
ourselves. Our own souls contribute all of the divinity that is
outside of us. We are the greatest temple. The objectification is
only a faint imitation of what we see within ourselves.
Buddha -- The subject on which I meditate is truth. The practice to
which I devote myself is the truth. The topic of my conversation is
truth. My thoughts are always in truth. For lo! my self has become
Guru Nanak -- As fragrance abides in the flower,
As the reflection is within the mirror,
So doth thy Lord abide within thee,
Why search Him without?
Jesus Christ -- Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God
was coming, he answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming with
signs to be observed; nor will they say, `Lo, here it is!'
or `There!' for behold, the kingdom of God is within you."
Judaism -- Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right
spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not
the holy Spirit from me.
Krishna -- I am the Self, O Gudekesa, seated in the hearts of all
creatures. I am the beginning, the middle, and the end of all beings.
Mohammed -- He who knows his own self, knows God.
Native American -- The first peace, which is most important, is that
which comes within the souls of men when they realize their
relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its Powers,
and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-
Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each
of us. This is the real Peace, and the others are but reflections of
this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals,
and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above
all you should understand that there can never be peace between
nations until there is first known that true peace which, as I have
often said, is within the souls of men.
Rama -- Think that you are Parabrahman, you have no attachment, you
are all-knowing and you are pure. Always feel like this and establish
your oneness with the Paramatman and derive bliss within yourself
without caring to know what is outside of you.
Sankara -- Cherish your Guru's lotus feet and free yourself without
delay from the enslavement to this world. Curb your senses and your
mind and see the Lord within your heart.
Vedas -- There is one Supreme Ruler, the inmost Self of all beings,
who makes His one form manifold. Eternal happiness belongs to the
wise, who perceive Him within themselves - not to others.
Zoroaster -- One need not scale the heights of the heavens nor travel
along the highways of the world to find Ahura Mazda. With purity of
mind and holiness of heart one can find Him in one's own heart.
PERSEVERE IN YOUR SEARCH FOR GOD
Sri Ramakrishna -- There are pearls in the deep sea, but one must
hazard all to find them. If diving once does not bring you pearls,
you need not therefore conclude that the sea is without them. Dive
again and again. You are sure to be rewarded in the end. So is it
with the finding of the Lord in this world. If your first attempt
proves fruitless, do not lose heart. Persevere in your efforts. You
are sure to realize Him at last.
Holy Mother -- Continue to pray without losing heart. Everything will
happen in time.
Swami Vivekananda -- To succeed, you must have tremendous
perseverance, tremendous will. "I will drink the ocean," says the
persevering soul, "at my will mountains will crumble up." Have that
sort of energy, that sort of will, work hard, and you will reach the
Buddha -- Search with sincerity and persevere in your search. In the
end you will find the Truth.
Guru Nanak -- Dwell on Him day after day, That thou mergest
imperceptibly in His Name.
Jesus Christ -- And he told them a parable, to the effect that they
ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, "In a certain city
there was a judge who neither feared God nor regarded man; and there
was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and
saying, `Vindicate me against my adversary.' For a while he refused;
but afterward he said to himself, `Though I neither fear God nor
regard man, yet because the widow bothers me, I will vindicate her,
or she will wear me out by her continual coming'."
Judaism -- Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the
wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of
scoffers; but his delight is the law of the Lord, and on his law he
meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of
water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not
wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
Krishna -- I am easy of access to that ever steadfast yogi who, O
Partha, constantly meditates on Me and gives no thought to anything
Mohammed -- Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.
Native American -- It may be that we shall receive no vision or
message from the Great Spirit the first time that we lament [cry for
a vision], yet we may try many times, for we should remember that
Wakan-Tanka is always anxious to aid those who seek Him with a pure
heart. But of course much depends on the nature of the person who
cries for a vision, and upon the degree to which he has purified and
Rama -- Keeping company with My devotees, always serving Me and My
Bhaktas, fasting on Ekadasi, celebrating the festivals connected with
Me, hearing, reading and expounding My glories, worshipping Me with
continuous devotion, and singing of My excellences: If one follows
these precepts daily, one gets pure devotion.
Sankara -- The Atman that is Absolute Existence and Knowledge, can
not be realized without constant practice. So one seeking Knowledge
should meditate upon Brahman for the attainment of the desired goal.
Vedas -- This Atman, resplendent and pure, whom the sinless
sannyasins behold residing within the body, is attained by unceasing
practice of truthfulness, austerity, right knowledge, and continence.
Zoroaster -- Exert ceaselessly for the Glory of Ahura Mazda and for
the good of the Universe.
TRUST COMPLETELY IN GOD
Sri Ramakrishna -- What are you to do when you are placed in the
world? Give up everything to Him, resign yourself to Him, and there
will be no more trouble for you. Then you will come to know that
everything is done by His will.
Holy Mother -- If anyone surrenders himself totally at his feet, the
Master will see that everything is set right.
Swami Vivekananda -- Stand up for God; let the world go.
Buddha -- Surrender the grasping disposition of your selfishness, and
you will attain to that sinless calm state of mind which conveys
perfect peace, goodness, and wisdom.
Guru Nanak -- He who gives himself up to His supreme will, wins the
goal. No other action counts in achieving this end.
Jesus Christ -- Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we
eat?' or, `What shall we drink?' or, `What shall we wear?' For the
Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that
you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things shall be yours as well.
Judaism -- The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie
down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; he restores
my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his names sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear
no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort
Krishna -- Fixing your heart on Me, you will overcome every
difficulty by My grace; but if from self-conceit you do not listen to
Me, you shall perish utterly.
Mohammed -- If you rely upon God as He ought to be relied upon, He
will provide you as He provides the birds: they go out empty and
hungry in the morning and come back big-bellied at eventide.
Native American -- All things give thanks to You, O Wakan-Tanka, who
are merciful, and who help us all. We ask all this of You because we
know that You are the only One, and that You have power over all
Rama -- Do not be overjoyed if you get a fortune, neither should you
be dejected if you lose it. Your mind should be well balanced. I,
Rama, am the life of all souls. Your mind should be fixed on Me alone.
Sankara -- I know no Mantra, Yantra, or Stotra; I know no invocation
or contemplation; I know no stories in your praise; I know not
Mudras, not even how to cry out; I simply know that to run to you,
Mother, destroys all distress.
Vedas -- Children pursue outer pleasures and fall into the net of
widespread death; but calm souls, having known what is unshakable
Immortality, do not covet any uncertain thing in this world.
Zoroaster -- Trust in God and do the Right.
LOVE OF GOD IS ESSENTIAL
Sri Ramakrishna -- Unalloyed love of God is the essential thing. All
else is unreal.
Holy Mother -- One's love of God depends entirely upon one's inner
feelings. Love of God is the essential thing.
Swami Vivekananda -- Giving up all other thoughts, with the whole
mind day and night worship God. Thus being worshipped day and night,
He reveals himself and makes His worshippers feel His presence.
Buddha -- That which is most needed is a loving heart.
Guru Nanak -- God is not pleased by obstinate penance nor by many
religious garbs. He who fashioned the vessel of the body and poured
into it, His ambrosial gifts, will only be satisfied with man's love
Jesus Christ -- "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"
And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your
heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the
great and first commandment."
Judaism -- Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you
shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your
soul, and with all your might.
Krishna -- But the great-souled men, O Partha, who are endowed with
the divine nature, worship Me with undisturbed minds, knowing that I
am immutable and the origin of all beings. Ever glorifying Me, always
striving with self-control, remaining firm in their vows, bowing
before Me, they worship Me with love and unwavering steadiness.
Mohammed -- Whoever loves to meet God, God loves to meet him.
Native American -- Wakan-Tanka, help us to walk the sacred path of
life without difficulty, with our minds and hearts continually fixed
Rama -- Devotion is the only thing that is essential to worship Me.
It is impossible for a person to see Me by the merit of sacrifice,
austerity, charity, or by the study of Vedas or by performing the
scriptural rites, if he is devoid of devotion to Me.
Sankara -- Among things conducive to liberation, devotion alone holds
the supreme place. The seeking after one's real nature is designated
Vedas -- Under a golden brilliance the face of Truth lies hidden. Do
Thou, O Protector, withdraw this cover, that I, devoted to Truth
alone, may realize it.
Zoroaster -- As the Fire on the censer consumes sandalwood so let the
Fire burning within you consume your heart with love for Ahura Mazda.