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THE UNITY OF RELIGION AND
seems accurate and in fact appears ridiculous. Similarly one cannot honestly call a Hindu
temple merely a mosque in another form, or the Koran the Upanishads or the Buddhist Sutras
in a different language? Nor can one honestly say that Mohammed is merely the Buddha in
another garb, or Krishna as he appeared relative to the needs of medieval Arabia. Yet this
is what we are telling people when we say that there is no difference between these
various religious teachers, books or places of worship.
One can certainly honor and respect many great human beings but this does not require that
we equate them with the highest sages. One can honor Mohammed as a mystic, social reformer
and political leader but to thereby put him on the same level with great yogic sages like
Buddha or Shankaracharya may not be appropriate.