Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda

Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 Is Religion Religious?

October 10, 2019

Is Religion Religious?


     Why does religion promote what it condemns? Why is there such a gulf between theory and actuality? Is it because of hypocrisy or ignorance?

     Every religion declares that God is one, that humanity is one, yet each one declares that it alone has the monopoly of this truth. How can religion unite man by dividing it, by carving out a slice of its own, and then proclaiming the other slices to be untruths or half-truths? Does such polemical and proselytizing activity promote peace and unity? Can it be considered religious at all, when it only succeeds in creating greater antagonism and worse bitterness than already exist?

     Yet, whatever substitute we offer man in place of religion, in order to awaken brotherly love, humanity, and an awareness of the divine essence in each person - that substitute would eventually organize itself into a religion, and mankind would soon find itself in the same position as today.

     If such difficulties beset religion, which stands for peace, love and goodwill, how much more confusing will be the other fields of human activity - such as commerce, politics and society!

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