In this respect the
universal tradition must include deep questioning. Let all doubts be
brought out. But let us question in order to find out what is true,
not merely to refute or uphold one particular belief or another. The
ultimate Truth is beyond all beliefs, theories, names and forms. It
is our own nature divested of limiting concepts and conditioned
Hinduism does not regard it
important or wise for any religion to insist upon a separate
identity for itself - that human beings should consider themselves
to be in one religious camp or another as Hindu, Buddhist,
Christian, Muslim or whatever. To do so removes a teaching from the
universal and turns it into something restrictive.
Yet there is nothing wrong
with the idea that our path is best, if it is accompanied by
openness, tolerance and respect for the views of others who might
not agree with us. It becomes a problem when it is associated with
militancy and the attempt to impose one view upon others, in short
when it becomes self-righteous.
Though Sanatana Dharma may
not accept any exclusivity it does state that we should not reject
anything. Let us accept all great teachers and teachings and
integrate them together into a universal science of
Self-realization. Let nothing of any real spiritual aspiration in
humanity be rejected wherever it might occur.