Can your way be called a religion?

Question: Many religions claim that the Gods of other religions are false and only their God is the right one. You speak of the Supreme, but this does not seem to be a specific God to the exclusion of all other Gods. It is everyone's God, somehow. Your students are not strictly following a religion, but a path. Is that correct?


Sri Chinmoy: God is like a tree. A tree has many branches. Each branch is powerful, but without the trunk, there can be no branches. God is the trunk of the tree. If one particular religion claims that their saviour is the only saviour, we cannot agree with them.

...To me, each religion is like a house. Today you have come from your house, and I have come from my house. Together we are meeting at this restaurant. In exactly the same way, all religions have to feel that they are only representing different houses. But we can all meet together in the same inner school.

from Sri Chinmoy Answers, part 32


Question: You say that yours is a path, not a religion. But after the teacher of the path leaves, it becomes a religion, like Buddhism, for example,and it stands against other religions.

Sri Chinmoy: In my case, I only speak about the soul. My philosophy is that the soul is the only reality and at every second we have to listen to our souls. I have not said a word against any religion. On the contrary, I have expressed the greatest love, admiration and adoration for the Saviour Christ, the Buddha, Sri Krishna and the spiritual Masters associated with other religions. So why should my path become a religion and stand against other religions? My writings will make it very, very clear that I was not a man who directly or indirectly tried to establish a new religion. After my departure, the world will see only my creations.

from Sri Chinmoy Answers, part 10


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