One of the great swamis of India, Swami Rama
Tirtha, when he came to America, was asked about religion. He said,
"You do not belong to any religion. All religions belong to
human being is not a property of any Church. You are not some thing
which is owned by anyone or anything. The soul does not need to be
saved. It is the eternal and immortal part of our nature. We need
only understand the Divine within us.
cannot change the nature of any human being. Hinduism is based upon
respecting each individual and the Swadharma of each individual. We
should have many paths and many religions. The idea of only one
religious faith for all humanity is like having only one set of
clothing for all humanity. It is like people having to eat only one
type of food, or people having only one type of job. There should be
diversity, abundance and freedom in the religious realm as well.
Unfortunately, all religions do not have the same
goal. Religions have various goals. Religions are various paths. We
should note that all religions are not theistic. There are
non-theistic religions like Buddhism and Jainism where there is no
creator God. There are religions with a multiplicity of deities.
Monotheism is not the only form of religion in the world and it is
not the best form either.