BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, June 9th, 2014 by Swami Muktananda in WHERE ARE YOU GOING?

“Everyone should learn how to welcome others with love and respect. There is only one God for everyone in this world. It is not that God lives in the seventh heaven or that God dwells only in a temple, in a mosque, or in a place where bigots who have forgotten the true essence of religion follow the teaching of one sect or another. God is one for all. God lives in all groups, in all temples, in all mosques, and in all churches. Although God is everywhere, He dwells specifically in the human heart. The heart is the divine temple of God.

Although God has many names, He is One. Therefore, we should learn how to cultivate the awareness of universal brotherhood. We should not pursue religions in order to murder one another with distinctions. All countries, all languages, all races, and all religions belong to God. God exists in all religions, but He did not create them. If God had, we could not call Him God; we would have to call Him a politician. Why would God create so many religions and make people fight with one another? It is WE who have drawn religious boundaries.”

Swami Muktananda, in “Where Are You Going?”

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