|Rama was a very
learned man, a great poet and scholar. He knew many languages including Hindi, Urdu,
English, Persian, Arabic, Sanskrit, French and German. He was not only a great Vedantin,
he was also a Sufi, studies the Persian Sufi works and the Koran, which works he often
quoted in his talks and writings. He spoke in Arabic to Islamic groups in Egypt during his
world travels. As he was a child of the Punjab and knew the Hindu and Islamic religions
intimately, his statements about Islam are worthy of note.
In 1905 he had several conversations with the Muslims in Lucknow, which has always been
one of the more liberal centers of Islamic thought, largely owing to the influence of Shia
Muslims, who until recently tended to be less militant and more tolerant than the main
Sunni Islamic groups. These talks are recorded in the sixth volume of Rama's works, In
Woods of God Realization.