Religious Fanaticism

“The aggressive and quite illogical idea of a single religion for all mankind, a religion universal by the very force of its narrowness, one set of dogmas, one cult, one system of ceremonies, one ecclesiastical ordinance, one array of prohibitions and injunctions which all minds must accept on peril of persecution by men and spiritual rejection or eternal punishment by God, that grotesque creation of human unreason which has been the parent of so much intolerance, cruelty and obscurantism and aggressive fanaticism, has never been able to take firm hold of the Indian mentality.”

~ Sri Aurobindo

Alas, religion has been the source of conflict. But, is this the fault of human egoism or religious principles?

Over 2,500 years ago, the Lord Buddha taught:

For hate is never conquered by hate.
Hate is conquered by love.
This is an eternal law.

Within all great religions, we see this supreme message of love.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV, John 13:34-35)

 

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