Essence of Religion

The fundamentals of all religions are the same. Non-essentials only differ. Every religion teaches: There is one, eternal, all-pervading, all-blissful, all-peaceful Supreme Being. Speak the truth. Love all. Serve all. Purify your heart. Never hurt others’ feelings. Be pure. Observe celibacy. Control the senses and the mind. Concentrate. Meditate and attain God-realization.

One religion is as good as another. One road to the Supreme is as good as any other road. There are different kinds of roses but the scent is one. Religion is one, but many are its forms of practice. The essentials of all religions are the same. Let not sectarians blind your vision into a narrow view of religion. All prophets are messengers of God. Their words are infallible and sacred.

“Do as you would be done by. Do unto others as you wish others do unto you.” This is the whole of Dharma. Attend to this carefully. Practise this in your daily life.

There is only one religion, the religion of love, religion of oneness.

Religion consists in doing good to others, and in practice of love, mercy, truthfulness and purity in all walks of life.

This is the essence of true religion: Love all beings, serve all with soul-expression (attitude of being your own self). Slay egoism. Destroy likes and dislikes. Realise the Self or Soul.

The universal religion is the religion of the heart or love, the realisation of oneness.

That which brings well-being to human beings is dharma. Dharma is termed as duty, righteousness, etc. Do unto others as you wish others to do unto you – this is the whole of dharma. If one wishes his own advancement and prosperity, one should follow the path of righteousness and conduct himself properly.

Religion unites the individual Soul with the Supreme Soul. Religion shows the way to Self-realisation and eternal life in Brahman.

Religion consists in doing good to others, and in the practice of love, mercy, truthfulness, non-violence and purity in all walks of life.

Every religion emphatically declares: “One can attain eternal Bliss and Immortality by God-realisation. Speak the truth, observe celibacy, love others and practise self-restraint.”

There is only one religion, the religion of truth and love, the religion of heart, the religion of service, sacrifice and renunciation. It is the religion of goodness, kindness and tolerance. Behold the oneness of all religions. All religions point to one single aspiration of human soul. And that is to transcend the limitations of environment and circumstances and get into the State of final beatitude and sublime peace – the natural craving of the soul. All religions are the fulfilment of the natural urge in man, which is essentially spiritual.

Religion is a manifestation of the eternal glow of the spirit/soul within man. The main purpose of religion is the unfolding of the Divinity within man.

Religion is practical philosophy; philosophy is theoretical religion.

Religion is not a denial of life. It is fullness of life. Man becomes God through discipline, self-restraint and meditation. That is religion. Religion is living in God.

All the prophets have reassured in most emphatic terms the fundamental truth that all religions are branches of the same tree. They have taught that the same sap of universalism flows in all their systems.

Be good and do good; this is the essence of dharma. Goodness leads to godliness. By practising goodness, one lays foundation for the highest attainment of God-consciousness.

The ringing notes of religion are: Be good. Be pure. Be kind. Be compassionate. Serve all. Love all. See God in all.

The righteous man is the truly religious man. Practice of religion is the practice of righteousness, goodness, truth, love and purity.

Religion is life. Life is sacrifice. Religion should be a living experience in the life of a man. A life of selfless service and sacrifice, with regular prayer and meditation, is the highest religion.

Religion is the source of goodness and happiness, the basis of virtue and prosperity of the individual, and through the individuals, of the nation.

A life of purity, virtue, goodness, self-control, selflessness and humility forms the common basis of all yogas, all spiritual attainments and all practical religions.

No one can be religious without being ethical-minded and moral in his practical life.

The cardinal principle of Religious ethical teachings is universal love on which is built the magnificent edifice of humanism.

That man who practises the religion of universal compassion achieves the highest good.

So respected all religions equally. The fundamental tenets of all religions are one and the same.

– Sri Swami Sivananda


Author: Ganesh

A soul in the search of eternal peace... "Be True, Love All, Help Others Selflessly, Live in Harmony and Rest in Peace"

14 thoughts on “Essence of Religion”

  1. Great post! Some people disapprove because I choose not to cater to any particular religion because I prefer to have fellowship with all religions through the people. And they totally don’t get it when I tell them that I never leave the Temple! 😀


  2. I think most religious people would agree with how this definition of religion is…. Just what I have also learned in this life…. I hope everyone reaches this conclusion about what life is all about regardless of religious, ethnic, social background. Thank you for sharing… Namaste.


    1. Well said Noel! If everyone learns by themselves, it will be so cool. There will be no differences, but just one humanity with full of peace and happiness. 🙂


  3. I really appreciate your open-mindedness on the subject of religion. It seems sadly rare these days. I always apply the same principle when evaluating a religion or philosophical paradigm: does it help those practicing it (correctly) to live better, happier lives? If so, then I can support it. I think the religion usually runs in to problems with misinterpretation and lack of understanding.


    1. Thank you very much! You are right. If we know the reason of why we do on anything instead of just following and try to understand it, all the differences may be resolved. 🙂


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