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Essential Unity of All Religions
Essential Unity of All Religions

Essential Unity of All Religions

by Bhagavan Das

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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan


N/A - Year: 1990 - Pages: 1031



Bhagavan Das

Author: Bhagavan Das
Publisher: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Year: 1990
Language: English
Pages: 1031
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A


The book was first presented as a paper by the author titled ‘The Unity of Asiatic thought’ at Banaras in 1930.It grew into a larger volume with each edition and has now reached this massive proportion. The book is almost a textbook on all religions; there are quotations from Sanskrit, Arabic, and Persian languages.

Hinduism (including Buddhism and Jainism), Christianity and Islam have been thoroughly studied and projected in an unbiased manner in this book. The book is divided into seven chapters each dealing with specific topics.

Religious science and scientific religion, knowledge, devotion, and peace have been discussed. Comparisons and contrasts between the languages, practical examples and explanations of the three main religions of the world have been discussed and explained.


It is easy to perceive in a vague way the essential unity of all the great religions of the world and to hold that differences in forms of worship or in names do not matter.

But to arrive at this truth through actual research and analytical study requires the scholarship and untiring application of a man like Dr. Bhagavan Das, the venerable philosopher of Banaras.
= C. Rajagopalachari

If the world is to be brought together it is only on the basis of mutual understanding, especially in matters of fundamental belief. Any book which points out that there is a transcendent unity of religions in spite of empirical diversity helps towards inter-religious understanding.

Dr. Bhagavan Das with his encyclopedic knowledge of the origin and growth of different religions has in his The Essential Unity of All Religions made a notable contribution towards the bringing of peoples together on the plane of mind and spirit.
= S. Radhakrishnan

I value The Essential Unity of All Religions highly, as I believe that the appreciation of the beauties of the great Faiths is one of the most potent means of promoting international understanding upon which the structure of enduring peace can be built.
= Zafrulla Khan




Religious Science and Scientific Religion

Asiatic Thought and European Thought

Unity Underlying Both

The One Way to Peace on Earth

Scientific Religion

Duty of Educationists

Golden Mean between Two Extremes

Duality of God’s Nature

Insuperable Need for Scientific-Religion

Universal Religion-Science-That in which there may be Universal Agreement

Imperative Duty to Teach such Universal Religion

Agreement of Religions

Joy of Agreement

The Essential and the Non-Essential

Nature of Religion

How Ascertain Divine Will

Three Aspects of Religion

Their Relation to Education


Way of Knowledge, I.E., Intellectual Constituent of Religion

God and the Nature of God


Great Danger of a Great Misunderstanding

Many Names of the All-Pervading God, the One Self of All

Evolution, Recapitulation, Phylogenesis, Palingenesis, Rebirth

Karma-Reward and Punishment

Note on Karma, Rebirths, and Evolution

Other Worlds and Planes of Being

Law of Analogy or Correspondences

Long Line of Spiritual Hierarchy

Goal of Life-To Feel Self in All


Way of Devotion, or Emotional Constituent of Religion

Five Principal Virtues and Disciplines

Additional and Farther-reaching Virtues

Control of Tongue, the Secret of All Control

Reverence for Parents, Teachers, Elders

Golden Rule of Christ

Source of ‘constituent’ and ‘ministrant’ functions of State

Egoism not abolished, but made measure of Altruism, by the Rule

Corollaries of Golden Rule

Reason for Golden Rule

Difficulties re Golden Rule

Immortal Virtues and Deadly Sins

Two Main Sins

Single Seed of Two Root-Sins

One Seed of All Virtues

God in Man

Great Danger of Great Misconception

The One Safeguard

Crowning Virtue of Humility

A Reminder: ‘Duty Varies with Circumstance’

Mutual Balancing of Pleasure and Pain

Devotion to Duty

A Reminder: ‘How Ascertain Duty’

Personal and Impersonal Devotion

Who is Final Judge

Way of Works, or Volitional Constituent of Religion

Resume: The Triple Path


Repentance, Confession, Expiation

Discriminate Charity


Shrines of God; Forms of Worship; Pilgrimage

Pageants, Processions, Festivals, Lamentations, Holy-days


Aids to Meditation

Litanies, Liturgies, Fasts and Vigils

Pure Food and Pure Sacrifice; Self-sacrifice vs. Other-sacrifice

Outer Distinctive Marks of Faiths Houses of God

Calls to Prayer

Prayers for the Dead

Spiritual Relationships; Saint and Disciple; Priest and Parishioner

Rites and Ceremonies

Priests of Many Grades

Hermits, Monks, and Monasteries


Social Structures

Vedic Scheme of Social Organization

Fourteen Main Tetrads (See also Appendix, pp. 817-822)

Similarity in Perversity, Corruption, Degeneracy, Evil Practices, also; like Black Magic, Fanaticism, Intolerance, Pride of Superiority, etc.

Great Truth Masked by Great Error

Great Danger-of Excessive Clinging to Formalism and Catchwords

Live and Die in and for the Universal Life

Knowledge and Devotion Sterile without Works

“Follow the Spirit, not the Letter”

God’s ‘Eternal Memory’, Omniscience, Source of All Human Knowledge

Mystic, Gnostic, Yoga, or Suluk Disciplines and Practices


The One Way to Peace on Earth and Good-Will among Men


Education and Educationist

Note on Practicality, False and True




Index of Books

Index of Samskrt Words

Index of Arabic-Persian Words

Index of Subject

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