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Unity of Faiths

"There is only one religion; the religion of Love
There is only one language; the language of the Heart
There is only caste; the caste of Humanity
There is only one God, He is Omnipresent."

~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba

In a significant discourse delivered by Bhagawan in Nairobi (Kenya, East Africa) on the 4th of July in 1968, Baba said,

"All religions teach one basic discipline - the removal of the blemish of egoism from the mind, and of running after trivial joys. Every religion teaches man to fill his being with the Glory of God, and evict the pettiness of conceit. It trains him in methods of detachment and discrimination, so that he may aim high and attain liberation. Believe that all hearts are motivated by the one God; that all faiths glorify Him alone; that all names in all languages and all forms man can conceive denote the one Supreme Being; His adoration is best done by means of love.
Cultivate that Eka-bhava (attitude of Oneness), between men of all creeds, all countries and all continents. That is the message of love, I bring. That is the message I wish you to take to heart."

"Let the different faiths exist, let them flourish; let the glory of God be sung in all languages in a variety of tunes. That should be the ideal. Respect the differences between the faiths and recognize them as valid so far as they do not extinguish the flame of unity,"

~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Symbols of Religions: Quotes from Sathya Sai Baba

On 22nd November 1975 Bhagawan inaugurated the Sarva Dharma Stupa, a pillar in the shape of a lotus bud, on which the symbols of some of the major religions of the world have been inscribed. The significance of these sacred symbols have been explained by Bhagawan so that we can understand the truth that all religions lead man on the path to God.

  1. Hinduism
    "Listen to the primeval Pranava 'AUM' resounding in your heart as well as in the heart of the universe."
  2. Christianity
    "Cut the 'I' feeling clean across and let your ego die on the cross, to endow on you eternity."
  3. Buddhism
    "Remember the wheel of cause and consequence, of deed and destiny and the wheel of Dharma that guides them all."
  4. Islam
    "Be like the star which never wavers from the crescent, but is fixed in steady faith."
  5. Zorastrianism
    "Offer all bitterness in the sacred fire and emerge grand, great and godly."

Religion is of immense help...

Religion is of immense help in fostering the integral development of the human personality. It underlines the unity in diversity. True religion is the attainment of the purity of mind and heart.

Every religion has its own precepts and principles. But no religion preaches hatred, untruth or unrighteousness. 'Speak the truth', 'Practice righteousness' enjoin the Upanishads (Indian ancient scriptures).

Similar sacred injunctions are to be found in all the other religions too.

Sacred sayings from World Religions about love for God and Humanity

Prophet Muhammed says: "You will not enter paradise until you have faith; and you will not complete your faith till you love one another."

Jesus said: "Honour your mother and father, and love your neighbour as yourself".

Guru Nanak says: "Those people who love and sow in their hearts the seed of his Name, are liberated from death and birth again and again, and get salvation forever without pain."

Swami Vivekananda: "Where should you go to seek for God? Are not all the poor, the miserable, the weak - Gods? Why not worship them first? ... Let these people be your God - think of them, work for them pray for them incessantly - the Lord will show you the way".

Thus, all religions emphasize the human values and serve as beacons for the uplift of mankind. They all facilitate the manifestation of the divinity inherent in man.

The Essential Truth is One

Swami says "The truth proclaimed by all religions is one and the same. All have a common ultimate goal. All religions aim at promoting righteous conduct by transforming the attitude of man, thereby bringing about harmony. The foundation of all religions is morality. Morality is equated with selfless love. Religions were thus instituted to foster the welfare of society through the promotion of love for all beings."

Unity of Faiths Meetings

From time to time, the Sathya Sai Organisation conducts public meetings and invites guest speakers from all the local temples, mosques, churches and other places of worship. The Sathya Sai Organisation listens attentively and actively fosters peace, harmony and love between the different faiths. The following are few such events:

Sai Interfaith conference in Prasanthi Nilayam - link.