Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Each religion has helped mankind. Paganism increased in man the light of beauty, the largeness and height of his life, his aim at a many-sided perfection; Christianity gave him some vision of divine love and charity; Buddhism has shown him a noble way to be wiser, gentler, purer, Judaism and Islam how to be religiously faithful in action and zealously devoted to God; Hinduism has opened to him the largest and profoundest spiritual possibilities. A great thing would be done if all these God-visions could embrace and cast themselves into each other; but intellectual dogma and cult egoism stand in the way.
--Sri Aurobindo, "Thoughts and Glimpses", 1915-17 in Sri Aurobindo Birth Centenary Library, Volume 16 "The Supramental Manifestation and Other Writings" pages 347-364

Kind of weird how Aurobindo sees the Semitic religions Judaism and Islam as philosophically similar.


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