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THE UNITY OF RELIGION AND
The most we can
say about the commodity of the goal of religions is that all religions direct us to a
relationship with a Spiritual Reality as they have conceived It to be, which can be quite
variable. The relationship stressed may not be a realization at all-which implies a
radical change of consciousness but conversion to a belief or to a pattern of
behavior wherein we maintain our ordinary human and egoic mentality but oriented in a
different direction. If it is a mystical experience of the Divine that they seek, it can
occur on many different levels and in many different ways and may not be conceived as
Self-realization or realization of the Absolute.
The conflicts between various religions have existed at least partly because such
differences are inherent within them. Some religions insist upon a personal Creator God as
the Supreme Reality, who may be limited to a particular book, savior or prophet.