What is necessary is a return to Dharma or universal truth
principles, not respect for all religions as they exist today, which
with their dogmas are often sordid affairs. One must seek to uphold
Dharma even if all the organized religions of the world have to be
discarded. It is time for religions to bow down to Dharma, not for
Dharma to be made in the image of religious beliefs and
institutions. Spiritual truth transcends organized religion, which
mainly serves various political and social aims.
Sarva Dharma Samabhava means the harmony of Dharma or
truth-principles, not the equality of religious beliefs, dogmas or
institutions. Those who use the term otherwise are misusing it.
We are entering a new era in
civilization today, in which religion must be radically recast, if
not discarded. Only those religions willing to undergo a radical
transformation are likely to survive. This change will be in the
direction of experiential spirituality, in which the individual's
direct experience of God or truth becomes most important, and
religious dogma and institutionalism is set aside.
This is the real Sarva Dharma that no
group can claim to own or dispense. Hinduism as a religion of Dharma
rather than dogma should lead the way in this revolution, which also
means clearing up the adharma that can be found among Hindus today.
Unfortunately the superficial universalism of political Sarva Dharma
Samabhava is only creates a smoke screen for adharmic beliefs and
dogmas to perpetuate themselves.