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The inter-religious dialogue

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Vedanta came into being within Hinduism with the aim already present of bringing together the various sections of Hinduism, without its idea however being that there is only one religion, but that each person may find or develop the religion that suits his temperament.

The land and history of India have been propitious for the religious encounters: Buddhism, Christianity and Islam have, since their origin, taken root in India, where the Sikh religion, Jainism, the Parsi religion, etc. also exist. What Vedanta said with regard to the various sects of Hinduism applies of course to all the other religions: each one is a true path, but none can alone take account of the manifestations of the Infinite.

The Ramakrishna Mission has, among others, the task of encouraging and participating in the inter-religious dialogue, and this has been so since its origin, as one of the first public actions of Swami Vivekananda was to participate in the first World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 July 2010