“Religions are different roads converging to the same point. What does it matter that we take different road , so long as we reach the same goal. Wherein is the cause for quarrelling .”
In these few words Gandhiji has so flawlessly simplified the ever intricate and complex meaning of the word ‘Religion’. Unfortunately nowadays its meaning has got distorted. We Humans have started acting like barbarians. We are fighting over the ownership of our God ! We are killing our brothers who go to a mosque instead of the temples with us. There is no religion higher than Truth and Righteousness. If we commit sins with the name of God on our lips, can we hope to win the grace of God? Just worshipping the idols of our Gods and Goddesses and performing the various religious ceremonies diligently doesn’t makes one ‘religious’ in true sense, It requires a person to perform his two-fold duty. Besides worshipping one has to lead a life of truth and virtue then only he can be regarded as truly religious as well as highly moral.
All the religions of the world unanimously endorse the fact that all men and women are brothers and sisters i.e. they all are linked with a single chain. Hinduism believes in ‘Vasudhaiba kutumbkam’, which means all people of the world are a member of one large family. Similarly Christianity and Islam believes that Adam and Eve were the first man and women who were created by God-And we humans have originated from them only. Hinduism tells everyone to worship God according to his own faith so that it lives at peace with all the other religions. Similarly one of the messages of Jesus in the Bible is “Make this world the kingdom of the God and His Righteousness and everything will be added unto you.” Even the Islam teaches the same. It says we should all believe in the oneness of the God and its true worship lies in the practical application of the brotherhood. All the religions of this world teach the same thing. It is just that their scriptures are different, not their thoughts. They all believe in God as the cornerstone of every religion.
The Ishwar of the Hindus is same as the Allah of Islam and the God of the Christians. As there are unnumbered names of God in Hinduism similarly in the same fashion there are numerous names of God in Islam. The need of the moment is not One Religion ,but mutual respect and tolerance towards other religions. Religion is to mortality what water is to the seed that is sown in the soil. Just as the seed is choked under the earth when it is not duly watered, similarly the morality which is devoid of the positive influences of religion then it gets dry and thin and is consequently destroyed. In other words, morality divorced from religion would be nothing but an empty thing.