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Seeing the same God in all religions
September 18, 2010  |  radhanath-swami

While in Patna Richard (now Radhanath Swami)’s friend Narayan Prasad took him to meet his Muslim friend Mohammed. Mohammed was born a Hindu but had later converted to Islam. Richard had lengthy discussions with him about the parallels of the Bhagavad Gita, Bible and the Koran. In his dialogue with Mohammed, Richard could begin to feel that mercy of God flows through each of the great scriptures, saints, and religions in a special way. Richard was becoming more and more aware that no matter what one’s path and no matter how narrow it became, in broadest terms, sincere devotion to God was the only way to overcome the strife and division of the world.

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was also surprised that Narayan Prasad had so much affection for someone from another religion in a country where there is so much conflict between the two. Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was amazed by Narayan Prasad’s answer, and hasn’t forgotten it till date. “

“A dog will recognize his master in whatever way he dresses. The master may dress in robes, suit and tie, or stand naked, but the dog will always recognize his master. If we cannot recognize God, our beloved master, when he comes in a different dress from another religion, then we are less than that dog.”

Radhanath Swami’s fans include Christians, Muslims and people from many other faiths as well. I once attended a programme where Radhanath Swami spoke about two aspects of all religions. He said all religions have an exoteric, external aspect and an esoteric or internal aspect. Radhanath Swami revealed that most religious practitioners focus fanatically on the exoteric aspects such as rituals, institutions and mindsets, which often differ according to time, place and culture. These superficial religionists are often unaware of the essence of the religion they follow. Due to this ignorance they tend to become sentimental or fundamentalist and have internecine conflicts, riots and crusades. When we dig through the misconceptions, misinterpretations and mistakes that have over the centuries obscured the essential truths of all religions, we will find that these core principles are consistently identical. Radhanath Swami has time and again presented this essence in his talks and meetings.  In many of his talks Radhanath Swami focuses on the following points, and I doubt if a person from any other religion would disagree with these:

1.      God is the Supreme Father of all living beings and He is the Supreme Owner and Controller of everything.

2.      We are accountable for all our actions to God. If we encroach upon the property of God or the rights of the other children of God, we will in time get an appropriate reaction as per the laws of God.

3.      We are spirit souls, eternal children of God and our real happiness is not in material acquisition, but in spiritual realization, in lovingly harmonizing ourselves with nature and God.

4.      We can easily and effectively achieve this harmony and the resulting highest happiness by chanting the holy names of God-Krishna, Rama, Allah, Christ, Jehovah or any other name as stated in the authorized religious scriptures.

Radhanath Swami’s stand has been that when people harmonize themselves with these essential principles of their respective religions, then they will be able to celebrate spiritual unity amidst religious diversity.

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112 Comments


  1. It is wonderful how Radhanath Swami has brought the essence from all religions.

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  2. Oneness of all relegion is beautifully explained by Radhanath Swami.This is the essence of achintya bhedabheda tattva-even though all religions are in essence same they differ the way they are practiced.

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  3. Essance of all religions is simplified and explained it very nicely by Radhanath Swami

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  4. only truth between different sects of religion is properly explained by radhanath swami since he is the true messenger of the Lord.

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  5. hrishikesh mafatlal

    Radhanath Swami’s natural way of seeing all persons as children of the same God has made him so compassionate.

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  6. thank u maharaj for sharing

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  7. If only everybody would understand the above there would be harmony among people of all faiths

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  8. Radhanath swami has given a wonderful explanation about religion and its principle

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  9. Thanks you sharing such important things from life of Radhanath Swami

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  10. very beautifully explained by HHRM the importance of religion and its oneness, bhakti

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  11. its true that one must be able to see god in everything, Maharaj Ki Jai! rajesh karia

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  12. Only by understanding from the viewpoint of Radhanath Swami, it has become really easy to understand the true meaning of religion. Thank You

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  13. Radhanath Swami Maharaj has truly imbibed the essence of all religions.

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  14. in his lifetime radhanath swami has understood and experienced the essence of every religion.

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  15. Spiritual Unity amidst Religious diversity is essential for harmony amongst people, else we will to continue see the wars that are being fought, and atrocities being committed in the name of religion. Jai Maharaj.

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  16. Dr Yuvaraj J Bhosale

    sincere devotion to God was the only way to overcome the strife and division of the world- H H Radhanath Swami

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  18. Nice article…..actually it is the peace formaule to solve the disputes amongst various religions…….

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  19. Manish Raikundalia

    Very nice. I wish leaders of all religions taught this. Thank You Maharaj.

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  20. Very nice article, these words should be known to every spiritual leader accross…

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  21. What a vision! such vision only can bring peace to this world

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  22. wonderful,thank you

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  23. This meditation of Radhanath Swami reminded me of one incident I heard. One day Radhanath Swami was about to start a lecture when he heard Namaj prayer from nearby masjid by one of the muslim devotees calling the names of Allah. Radhanath swami did not start the lecture and kept quite for 10 minutes and after the Namaj was over He started speaking. Radhanath Swami said “He is also calling God”. Such a nice understanding and respect Radhanath Swami has for other religions. All glories to Radhanath Swami.

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  24. brilliant example of the dog and master

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  25. This is one great teaching from Radhanath Swami, to love all religions is something URGENT in today’s world. Else these clashes can start World war 3

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  26. Yogita Jagannathan

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for pointing out the binding factors among various religions. Not many people in today’s world focus on the commonalities, rather everyone is focusing on the differences and hence we see so many wars in the name of religion.

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  27. Its heartbreaking to see people fighting in the name of religion. If we just understand Radhanath Swami’s message, we see how childish that is. And how dangerous. Yes, everyone is not God, but different names of the same person still refer to the ONE god.

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  28. Wonderful article. The common thread and essence of all religions is beautifully explained.

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  29. we all have to remind ourselves that we are dogs of our spiritual master and Lord Krishna else we will become dogs of maya

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  30. This explains how meaningless it is of the present day’s quarrels between various so called religions. H.H Radhanath Swami has nicely explained what a religion is essentially. Thank you Maharaj.

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  31. Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you offer! I will bookmark your blog and have my children check up here often. Thumbs up!

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  32. Radhanath swami’s re-iterating the meaning and purpose of all Religions based on the scriptures is simply amazing

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  33. Radhanath Swami mentions a statement which stands to be so true, that God is the Supreme Father of all living beings and He is the Supreme Owner and Controller of everything.

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  34. Well explained, this can help in achieving what people talk about Unity in Diversity which is rare but possible

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  35. The essense of all religion is rightly brought out here by Radhanath swami

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  36. Radhanath Swami Maharaj respects all religions!

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  37. Thanks Maharaj…If our politicians and current religious leaders keep the above point in mind, there would be any conflicts between different religions, how true each and every word of that gentelmen..Narayan Prasad

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  38. Awesome article & an eye opener for all who really doesn’t know what a religion is about.

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  39. Radhanath Swami is simply amazing.

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  40. Thankyou Radhanath Swami for giving us this wonderful insight into actually what is true religion.

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  41. Beautiful analogy of “dog” is given by Radhanath swami maharaj, hope this will give a clear understating to extremists who fights on the name of God.

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  42. All Glories To.H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    What an amazing understanding of How should we look at religion as a means of achieving that one name God, which essentially means the same in every religion rather than focussing on the other aspects called ritual.

    Hare Krishna

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  43. So very true..unless one sees every other person from whatever religion he or she may be as part and parcel of the Lord, there really can be any unity or peace..Thank you dear Radhanath Swami maharaj for sharing this broad and true view about religion with us.

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  44. Very powerful reminder from Maharajah to all the Religious leader
    “no matter what one’s path and no matter how narrow it became, in broadest terms, sincere devotion to God was the only way to overcome the strife and division of the world”. Jai Maharajah

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  45. Nice Article!!! Thank you very much for sharing.

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  46. thanks for this wonderful article

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  47. One can see God in all bonafide religions only if one has developed perfect spiritual vision like Radhanath Swami.

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  48. very nice,thank you

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