1. Be Accommodative

Mera Bharat Mahan! India is a land of culture and traditions. There is a unity in diversity and diversity in unity. You take people of different states to the same river and ask them what it is – Pat comes reply in various tones ‘Neeru’, ‘Jal’, ‘Tanneer’, ‘Pani’ etc. But they are all referring to the one and same water. The same way you ask different people of different religions – who is God? Allah, Jesus, Ram, Krishna etc. They strongly proclaim that their religion is the best and their God is the best

In France, Political rivalry between Roman Catholics and French Protestants (known as Huguenots) led to the Massacre of St Bartholomew’s Day in 1572.

Later in 17th century Mughal Empire in India disintegrated through internecine warfare and religious persecution.

In Germany, the religious wars of the 16th century and the Thirty Years' War in
the 17th century were bitter and devastating.

Crusade - the long religious war between Christians and Muslims took place during 12th and 14th centuries.

I am totally baffled to see 4000+ items searched by google search engine for the search word religious wars. I always wonder why people hate each other in the name of religion. Obviously every one loves one’s own religion. In one’s religious fervour or chauvinism one hates the other religions.

The earthenware pots of diffent shapes are all made of clay. The material or ingredient is same. Only because shapes are different they are given different names. Is it not silly and foolish to fight for these names when the object is just the same? We are all humans first and then Hindus, Christians, Muslims and Zoroastrians etc.,

Rig Veda pronounces, “Ekam sat Vibudah Bahuda Vadanti” Truth is only one but wise men refer to it with various names.

ye yatha mam prapadyante
tams tathaiva bhajamy aham
mama vartmanuvartante
manusyah partha sarvasah Bhagvadgita 4-11

ye--all who; yatha--as; mam--unto Me; prapadyante--surrender; tan--them; tatha--so; eva--certainly; bhajami--reward; aham--I; mama--My; vartma--path; anuvartante--follow; manusyah--all men; partha--O son of Prtha; sarvasah--in all respects.

As all surrender unto Me, I reward them accordingly. Everyone follows My path in all respects, O son of Partha.

Whatsoever the way people worship me, I oblige them in the same way they worship me. People tread my path from different ways.

This sloka clearly identifies that God is one. But as per the beliefs and practices of the people He is given different names. One may address him as Jehovah, One may pray Him as Allah and another may perceive Krishna in Him. Though the ways and practices are different, ultimately all paths lead to the Eternal Brahman. Sat Chit Anand Roopam. Chidanada Rupa! Sivoham!! Sivoham!

One says Vishnu is great and another says Siva is great. Still some say Nirguna Puja is only way to salvation. But according to the above sloka beauty lies in eyes of the beholder. Srusti depends on Drusti ! If you Say Acharya Devo Bhava, God is very much present in your Guru. Automatically the knowledge transcends from Guru to you. If you imagine your favourite God in a mere stone, yes! He is right there to take care of your needs. If you remove the unwanted material from the stone, Idol of your choice is right there. Fantastic! Isn’t it? After all God is omnipresent!

That is why Mahatma always used to chant -
“Raghupati Raaghava Raajaa Raam
Patiita Paavana Sita Ram,
Ishwara Allah tere naam,
saba ko sanmati te Bhagavan” . For him God is only one. Ekam Sat!

So why hate each other in the name of religion. All religions ultimately teach humanity and kindness to all beings. A person who understands the essence of religion sees God in every living being and a showers love on them and treats them with kindness
(Avyaja Karuna). We have to develop religious tolerance. World is a small village.

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya – Om Namo Bhagavate Yesudevaya