A Quote by Sri Ramakrishna on spirituality, oneness, ramakrishna, and ecumenics

Wherever I look, I see men quarrelling in the name of religion --- Hindus, Mohammendans, Brahmos, Vaishnavas, and the rest.  But they never reflect that He who is called Krishna is also called Siva, and bears the name of the Primal Energy, Jesus, and Allah as well --- the same Rama with a thousand names.  A lake has several ghats.  At one the Hindus take water in pitchers and call it 'jal'; at another the Mussalmans take water in leather bags and call it 'pani'.  At a third the Christians call it 'water'.  Can we imagine that it is not 'jal', but only 'pani' or 'water'?  How ridiculous!  The substance is One under different names, and everyone is seeking the same substance; only climate, temperament, and name create differences.  Let each man follow his own path.  If he sincerely and ardently wishes to know God, peace be unto him!  He will surely realize Him.

Sri Ramakrishna (1836 - 1886)

Source: The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Pages: 34

Contributed by: John L.

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