Please Hindus, don’t say: “All Religions are the Same”

Observations by someone who grew up in the stifling atmosphere of dogmatic Christianity and appreciates the freshness and freedom of undogmatic Hinduism– and wonders why a section of Hindus are so apologetic about their religion when it actually is the best bet for a fulfilling life.


Hindus used to say, “All religions are equal”. They did not want to see that the two biggies, Christianity and Islam, did not agree. Each of those religions claimed for itself, “We alone are the only true religion. Our God is the only true God.” They pitied Hindus that they might actually believe that by stating that all religions are equal, Hinduism would be elevated to their level. Of course, the ‘true religions’ will never allow this.

Now Hindus say, “We respect all religions. We teach it to our children. Our children hear a lot about Christianity and Islam and how good these religions are. We don’t want to offend anyone, so we teach very little about Hinduism and what we teach is only about superficial things, like festivals and customs and not about the deep philosophy and scientific insights which would portray Hinduism in a good light and might irritate other religions.”

Again, Hindus don’t want to see that Christianity and Islam do not respect Hinduism. The clergy of those religions don’t say it into their face, but to their own flock: “Hindus go to hell, if they don’t convert to the true religion. It is their own fault. We have told them about Jesus and his Father or the Prophet and Allah respectively. Still, they are so arrogant and foolish and hold on to their false gods. But God/Allah is great. He will punish them with eternal hellfire.”

 In a variation of “We respect all religions” Hindus also say, “All religions teach the human being to be virtuous and good and lead him to God, the creator. Hindus attend Inter Faith Dialogues and try to find the commonalities. Of course these are there. Hindus try to build on them. “Yes, all religions have good points. Yes, all religions have good people.” They keep repeating that all religions teach goodness, as if to convince themselves. However, deep down, Hindus know that this is not honest and lacks intellectual integrity. They know that Christianity and Islam have gone off track by preaching exclusiveness and hate to their flock. Those religions have encouraged persecution of others and brainwashed otherwise kind human beings into fighting for an imaginary god who supposedly hates all those ‘others’ who don’t believe, what they are told to believe. They have left a trail of bloodshed in history. But Hindus choose to ignore it. ‘Why provoke unnecessarily?’ they might feel, still betraying a psyche wounded by thousand years of oppression.

Is it not time that Hindus call a spade a spade? Swami Vivekananda has said that every Hindu who leaves his faith is not one Hindu less but one enemy more. He said this while India was ruled by the British, and Christians and Muslims were encouraged to feel superior to the “idol worshipping Hindu”. Hindus were not in a position to put the record straight, as their own elite put Hinduism down due to a malicious British education policy. Yet today, 66 years after independence, it is about time to tell the world loudly and boldly what Hinduism is about.

 It is not about ruling the world. It is not about believing in unverifiable dogmas. It is not about being nice to those of one’s own faith and not nice to those of other faiths. But it is about discovering what we really are, apart from the ever-changing body and mind. The ancient rishis have discovered the oneness underlying the apparent multiplicity, long before western scientists did. This conscious, blissful oneness is not somewhere out there. It is permeating everyone (and everything) and can be felt as one’s own essence. This essence can be called by different names, but the main thing is, that it is within everyone and within everyone’s reach. So, we truly are all children of the same infinite divine Presence. We all belong to one big family. Vasudhaiva Kutumbhakam. This truth provides the basis for a harmonious world and it makes sense, or does it not?

by Maria Wirth



  1. Jesus’ dyeing declaration’God forgive them——‘ he wanted Jesuits to follow him an idol … Please be noted that CONVERSION is never accepted by any GOD. GOD is not helpless, waiting for humans to convert other humans to GOD’s religion. Just think rationally as a grown up human.
    Came out of selfish conspiracy and spread love and peace to each and every human. Search the meaning of :
    ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः
    सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः ।
    सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु
    मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् ।
    ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
    Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
    Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah |
    Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu
    Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet |
    Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||
    Lord Shiva Bless you all …

  2. Anonymous · · Reply

    You know Hindus believe in freedom of worship. According to Hindus what matter is your belief and respect in God. The way you worship doesn’t. That is why all the religions are equal for them as they respect the way other people worship the same God. The relationship between an individual and God is unique to him or her, so the way they worship shouldn’t be necessarily the same either.

  3. Anonymous · · Reply

    Another thing. Hinduism has survived till now since the earliest of the time, despite all the difficulties. It the this freedom and the appreciation of the fact that the relation between the God and individual is unique, which I hope will help them to stay here for a longer time.

  4. Diwakar Tekriwal · · Reply

    Eye opener for pessimist and inconsistent Hindus

  5. Again a breath of fresh air. Very simply put with telling effect. Thank you.
    For years I have been saying the same thing. People mindlessly keep repeating these phrases without stopping to think. They are afraid of being labelled intolerant. Its not that one is intolerant, just calling a spade a spade. Without hatred, contempt.

    1. Yes Sir,U are right.Hindus are always apologetic.I don’t know why.Unless we awake and act Hinduism can not be saved with the savages around.

  6. Iqbal singh · · Reply

    This is really a masterpiece narrative of Hinduism and its philosophy.My thanks to the author for such s vivid and all encompassing explaination of Hinduism.

  7. Pratik Garg · · Reply

    Wonderful article as always.
    It’s a learning experience & privilege to read your worldly/spiritually enlightening material.
    I also follow Shri Jay Lakhani of Hindu Academy (first Hindu scholar of Eton college, UK) and Rajiv Malhotra.
    Would never want moksh but come back to play/save our earth again & again

  8. Thanks. You have nailed it perfectly, once again.

  9. Dalip Singh Kalirawna · · Reply

    श्रधेय माँ , चरण वंदना……….

  10. Dalip Singh Kalirawna · · Reply

    श्रधेय माँ , चरण वंदना……..

  11. Ashok Kumar · · Reply

    100% correct. Ironically, we are all slumbering in our own comfort zones, devoid of inimical sword hanging overhead…


    1. You are right Mr.AS.In India majority Hindus were /are/will be fools.And the rulers were/are clever.Why religions were allowed conversion?Is it to redress any grievance or in equality? The rulers knew that Hindus will never propagate their religion where as the other two will do it by hook or crook! Ultimately majority will reduce to minority and the WHOLE concept of secularism will go to dogs ! For minority, govt duty is only to protect them from out side threats! But what the rulers done ? They have made minority religions a special category showering all kinds of concessions ,preference over Hindus to create vote banks !! Now every political party even the so called hindutua party BJP is vying with each other to promote minorities totally ignoring the majority . That is why I called the majority Hindus are fools.They could not understand the power of unity !! They are begging the minority to construct a temple in Ayodhya !! How pitiable the Hindu lot in India !!

  13. Dalip Singh Kalirawna · · Reply

    श्रधेय माँ, शत शत नमन्……

  14. Mukesh Bhatia · · Reply

    You hit the nail. As you perceive, it is not our fear that we say every religion are equal. It’s because we Hindus are biologically believers in humanity. If we praise somebody it’s not about religion, it’s about the human being. But yes it’s time we rise and defend Hinduism, the way of life.

    1. and because you are not taught the negative aspects of those dogmatic religions which claim they alone have the full truth.

  15. Sriharsha · · Reply

    I agree with every word of above article. Thank you.

  16. Ajoy Kumar Choudhury · · Reply

    Excellent write up indeed!
    Hindus have never conquered. On other hand Christians and Muslims have plundered.
    A psychological war is being unleashed in modern times to market religion claiming superiority of one above other.
    Hindus must introspect the conditions of Hindu minorities in Islamic nations and should face the reality.

  17. Sagar Goware · · Reply

    Absolutely true.realizing self is the essence of Hinduism which is not actually any ism. There is no absolute truth. Seeking truth can lead every one to infinite.
    Christianity or Islam were not started by Jesus or Mohammed but in their names crusader or Jehad done. It is just like followers of Gandhi or for that matter any philosophy try to prove how the philosophy is superior to others.They are fooling people for selfish reasons but actually fooling themselves. Even Mohammed sometimes tried to tell untruthful things to justify his actions in the name of Allah. He promoted even violence many times. However I didn’t found anything wrong in Sermon of Jesus. Only after Jesus Christianity come to existence.& then to establish superiority & serve personal goals churches came to existence.
    Actually Masjids,madarsas,churches & many Mandirs are den of robbers.
    Let’s be united to serve humanity practice any religion only after realising self. Hindu is not religion as western concept.its way of life. it opens world within to realise truth & ability to analyze anything.

  18. Saurabh Patel · · Reply

    thanks mam…
    u r doing a great work for us …
    HINDUS will remember you for your work …..

    1. Sorry saw your comment only now to approve it. Thank you

  19. Very well articulated

  20. Thank you. Even in India atleast 20 to 30% Hindus know Islam and christianity doesn’t consider them equally as we Hindus do. But we can’t do anything because we have no hindu alliance countries, no human right support in India and Abroad. All political parties doing Muslim appeasement including the current govt of India also in illusion that they will change. Fact is they will never change. We Hindus know it well only we are just waiting to die and don’t want to return to this earth.

    1. Our hope is that they lose faith, like Christians in Europe lost faith. But as long as it pays for them to be “minority”, they have no incentive to come out.

    2. Our Hindu religious and political gurus are feeling unsafe and unsecured in secular nation. Hindus need a Hindu nation to survive . Will they demand will they get .


  22. Maheshkumar · · Reply

    We,the people of the earth called mrutyulok as referred in vedas, upnishads,the books of knowledge
    written by ancient rishis , and often found in the books of mythology, in this context
    The definition of God ( Ishwar) and Bhgawan (devatas,angels ) ALAKH (infinite large ,)NIRANJAN (colourless) NIRAKAR (No shape) is same in all religion

  23. Bhasker Patel · · Reply

    Dearest Maria,
    Love your posts and support to Hinduism. If you have a link that needs support then do let us know. There are many Hindus in the UK 🇬🇧 are behind yours and our constant fight.
    Best wishes for 2022 and a Happy New Year!
    Bhasker Patel

    1. thanks a lot. Very nice to know, Bhaskar Ji. hope something comes out from the draft for the petition. also, i had suggested to make leaflets like Christians do, and somebody here took it up and maybe some leaflets come out. i just finished writing something and post it now on my blog.

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