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A HINDU CALL FOR RELIGIOUS
and the Clash of Different Paths
A pluralistic religious view
accepts that there are many different religious paths. These paths have various degrees of
differences between them, some perhaps minor, some perhaps major. Different paths will
appeal to different individuals relative to their varying temperaments or levels of
development, which are bound to be diverse and ever changing. Some of these paths may be
good or noble; others may be naive or perhaps even despicable.
Some may appeal to a low level of religious temperament; others may
appeal to a high level of spiritual realization.
A pluralistic view does not seek to force these paths into any preconceived
harmony or bar people from following paths that are not good or exalted. It does not
attempt to police the paths, but rather to sustain the freedom that prevents any one path
from imposing itself upon all as the final truth. In pluralism there is no final judgment
on these different paths. Each person is allowed their own opinion of what they think is
The freedom to follow a path is as important as what any
path may be. A pluralistic view does not bar either
disagreement or debate between different paths. It allows people to critically examine and
choose between different paths to find out what is valid for them on an individual basis.
In fact a pluralistic view encourages free and critical discussion and does not place
religions, like sovereign nations, outside the sphere of examination as if anything called
a religious faith could no longer be questioned.