Unity and Freedom in Religion

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Vivekananda“Vivekananda, pointing out that the unity of all religions must necessarily express itself by an increasing richness of variety in its forms, said once that the perfect state of that essential unity would come when each man had his own religion, when not bound by sect or traditional form he followed the free self-adaptation of his own nature in its relations with the Supreme….For freedom is the final law and the last consummation.

“Meanwhile certain general lines have to be formed which may help…. But these must take, as much as possible, forms of general truths, general statements of principle, the most powerful broad directions of effort and development rather than a fixed system which has to be followed as a routine.”

– Sri Aurobindo, in The Synthesis of Yoga