Tree of Religions
All the religions of the world are the branches of a unique universal religion, that joins all the people of the world and allows their spiritual ascent.
In the past, many prophets and divine incarnations had come to this world, to teach us how we can keep us righteous and lead a saintly life so that we can finally reach the ultimate goal to become one with God, to reach our enlightment. These masters took birth in different times and in different places; they had to speak different languages and use different symbols to allow people of their time to undertand.
Anyway their teachings are all equally important for us, because they care of different aspects of our spirituality. For example, Shri Jesus taught us the importance of forgiveness, while Shri Krishna taught us the importance of pure detachment.
The Truth knows no boundaries of time and space.
Now, we can see that yoga means “union”, while the word religion comes from latin re-ligare that means “to join”; so there is a common root shared by all the religions that the science of yoga deeply described since ancient times.
That is that we are the Spirit and that we wiil be completely realised only when there will be union between our Spirit and God.
There is a nice sufi story, that clearly shows the illusion of believing that religions are many and different one from the other.
One day, a king wanted to make an experiment. An elephant was brought in a big, dark hall. In the darkness it was not possible to see the shape of the elephant and guess what it could be.
Four scholars entered the room, invited by the king. The king knew those people were highly learned and wanted to test them: could they have guessed there was an elephant in the hall without seeing it?
“Let’s see if they are really wise as they say, or their knowledge is purely pretentious” the king said to himself.
Immediately the men started investigating.
One of them was close to the elephant and touching its ear arrived to the conclusion: “Well, my friends, this is certainly a huge fan!”.
Another scholar, a bit for objecting to his colleague, a bit because he thought the hypotesis came too hastily, came forward and, as he touched one leg of the elephant, declared: “This is certainly a column”.
At this point, the third scholar came forward and touching the back of the animal, stated: “I have got it! Both of you are wrong: it is neither a fan nor a column. This is a huge throne!”. He was absolutely convinced of his assertion and was confuting those of the others.
Finally, the last sage came forward and touched the trunk: “You say that this is a fan, a column or a throne… but in fact I cannot say what it is.”