Religion: Let All Be

This post was originally written and shared by Kwadwo Sarpong.

Do I wish that the Christian would become Hindu? God forbid. Do I wish that the Hindu or Buddhist or a Moslem would become Christian? God forbid.

When the seed is placed in the ground, and earth and air and water are placed around it. Does the seed become the earth, or the air, or the water? No.

It becomes a plant. It develops after the law of its own growth, assimilates the air, the earth, and the water, converts them into plant substance, and grows into a plant.

The Christian is not to become a Hindu or a Buddhist, nor a Hindu or a Buddhist to become a Christian.

Similar is the case with religion. The Christian is not to become a Hindu or a Buddhist, nor a Hindu or a Buddhist to become a Christian. If the created wanted all to be of one identity, couldn’t he? Or is beyond him? Even Apple company is able to produce all iPhones to have one ringtone, how much God.

But each must understand the spirit of the others and yet preserve his individuality and grow according to his own law of growth.

… holiness, purity, and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any religion in the world

The equal experience of sun, moon, oxygen and the taste of fruits and plants, the process of birth and death to the world has shown to the world that holiness, purity, and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any religion in the world and that every religion has has produced men and women of the most exalted character and same in the opposite.

… upon the banner of every religion will soon be written in spite of resistance: “Help and not Fight,” “Assimilation and not Destruction,” “Harmony and Peace and not Dissension.”

In the face of this evidence, if anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion and the destruction of the others, I pity him from the bottom of my heart, and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written in spite of resistance: “Help and not Fight,” “Assimilation and not Destruction,” “Harmony and Peace and not Dissension.”

Kwadwo Sarpong.
Inspired by Swami Vivekananda Sept 1893 speech in Chicago.