The correct term for the common Western idea of religion, which
is a particular belief, in Hindu thought is not be Dharma but
"mata" meaning a belief, view or opinion. There is no such
possible statement as "Sarva Mata Samabhava" or the
equality and unity of all opinions. Opinions are as diverse as the
minds of creatures. Nor need we seek to make all opinions one and
the same. A diversity of opinions is an essential part of the
freedom necessary for seeking the truth.
Opinions are various and even contradictory. Some may be right,
others may be wrong. They are speculative views that must be proved
in practice. That fire burns is a Dharma. It is its natural quality.
If some one has the opinion that fire does not burn we do not have
to respect that idea in order to maintain the universality of all
Dharmas. We should allow everyone to have his or her own opinion
about religion, because the minds of living beings are unique and
move in different paths, but we don't have to sanction all religious
opinions as true in order to do this.