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THE UNITY OF RELIGION AND UNITY
The true spirit of universality is the spirit of Truth and Truth does not bow down to
personalities, vested interests or names and forms. The true spirit of tolerance is to
promote the Truth, not to compromise with falsehood. According to the Upanishads there are
two forces in the universe-the knowledge and the ignorance-and these forces move in
opposite directions: to the extent that one is pursued, the other is lost. To sanction
religious beliefs based on ignorance as valid ways to Truth is a betrayal of Truth.
This does not mean that we should self-righteously condemn the religious practices of
others, or that we should say that Truth is limited to our point of view. We must give
ourselves and other people the freedom to discover the Truth. But we must see things as
they are, and in our communication tell what we perceive as the Truth. Hence if someone
asks us what we consider to be the best way to discover Truth we may be doing them a
disservice if we direct them back to the religion they are following, if its practices do
not lead to Truth or only do so in a very hesitant manner.