Your way is very good for you, but not for me. My way is good for me, but not for you. My way is called in Sanskrit, my “Ishta”. Mind you, we have no quarrel with any religion in the world. We have each our Ishta. But when we see men coming and saying, “This is the only way”, and trying to force it on us, we have a word to say.
For such people who want to destroy their brothers because they seem to follow a different path towards God — for them to talk of love is absurd. Their love does not count for much. How can they preach of love who cannot bean another man to follow a different path from their own? If that is love, what is hatred?
We have no quarrel with any religion in the world, whether it teaches men to worship Christ, Buddha, or Mohammed, or any other prophet. “Welcome, my brother,” the Hindu says, “I am going to help you; but you must allow me to follow my way too. That is my Ishta. Your way is very good, no doubt; but it may be dangerous for me”.Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda wanted to build Hinduism in a way that it could accept people from all religions and all social classes yet could grow infinitely. The Hindu religion would shine upon saints and sinners alike. This is the Hinduism Swami Vivekananda dreamed of. Instead, what we have today is people fighting with each other and hurting everyone. Instead of walking on our path to knowledge, we are busy throwing stones at others.
Have we become intolerant? Intolerance is not a virtue of the Hindu religion as we know it. Let’s educate ourselves so that we don’t fall prey to intolerance. Let’s go beyond political religion. Our paths may be different, but the goal is the same: God.
Let’s fulfill the dream of Swami Vivekananda by understanding the real message of Hinduism: God, Self, and Peace.
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