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Why this strife?

I went into solitude and I heard them weeping.

“They quarrel in our names, they who call themselves our disciples. They follow us not in the way we walk,” said the Prophets in sorrow.

Why this strife in the name of “religion”? Another name for religion is unity, harmony, and love.

Where a “religion” does not unify, nor harmonise, but divides, sunders man from man, there is sectarianism, not Life of the Spirit. It cannot be that only in one Temple is the Great God worshipped. It cannot be that in one church shines His Glory.

Here is a touching little text from the Vedas: “As the sun sets yet never dies but returns, neither shall I go into non-existence, but I shall live.” This idea of Immortality you find, also, in other Scriptures of the world. And is there not among world-religions, a unity of ethical intuitions and aspirations? Prophets and Saints do not quarrel with one another. The quarrel is among the “disciples.” And the Great-souled teachers are not dead. They form a Brotherhood. Can it be their voice is not the voice of Unity? They in whose names you quarrel one with the other—they are not rivals but Brothers—members of the One family whose Parent-spirit is God.

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