Hindus give up this naive synthetic approach, they will find it
easier to communicate with people of different religious
backgrounds. They will be able to create a real dialogue and debate
over the issues in which differences can be really examined and
transcended. Out of such real encounters, however tedious or
painful, real change alone can come about, but it will have to be a
reciprocal process and followed out by action.
The unity of religions will become possible only when missionary
activity comes to an end, when the insistence on a particular
church, holy book or prophet as final for all humanity ceases.
Otherwise however pleasant a goal or an ideal it may be, it is an
ignoring or falsification of what is actually going on. The
removal of barriers between religions cannot occur without effort,
struggle or resistance. It cannot make everyone happy or secure in
his or her particular beliefs.
Dialogue in religion cannot be based
upon making everyone right. Such a unity is only accommodation, and
under accommodation always resides fear and falsehood, and division that will reassert itself when the
need for accommodation, which is temporary, comes to an end.
should first learn their own religion and become able to articulate
it even to those who are against it before they try to speak in the
name of another religion as being the same as their own. In this regard most Hindus will first
discover how little they really know about their own tradition.