Though religion has come into existence to liberate man from all narrowness, it can itself become a cage when not understood properly. All the world religions proclaim the same eternal and universal Truth; yet human weakness has a tendency to carve out some limiting, narrow loyalty which closes its gates upon the shoreless and unbounded ocean of love or divinity. It is not the essentials of religions, but addiction merely to their outer forms, which has tended to divide man from man, thus thwarting the very purpose of the great founders of the world religions.
Religion and Shariat is like alpha board. For example, this alphabet board which I use may be given to a child to make him begin to learn the ABC. But if he merely learns the alphabet without any efforts at proceeding further, he will learn practically nothing. It is the same in religion. The Shariat, doctrines and dogmas are given as a preliminary beginning–like the alphabet to reach the ultimate aim of the realization of the Truth. After one learns to Master the fundamentals, one advance, but if a person merely sticks to religious ceremonies and rituals and believes that religion is that alone, then he does not advance at all. God and Truth are far, far above Shariat – doctrines and dogmas, ceremonies and rituals.
Meher Baba explained that essence of all world religion is one and the same though at appears varying in different advent of the Avatars in different cycle. The declarations made teaching given by Avatar in different cycle according to prevailing social environments and mental status of human beings of a kind which could be easily acceptable. Avatars did not advocate to form a religion His name but it were the followers who formed a group and associated themselves with the outer form of teachings, rigidly and treated themselves different from one another.
I invite man to break through all of his self-created prisons, and taste of the unlimited life which I bring. I ask him to love divinely, fearlessly and limitlessly and to rise above the limited self of the separative ego-mind. I come to impart to groping humanity the universal Truth which transcends sectarian divisions and dogmatic formulations.
Through ages of darkness and suffering mankind awaits me and my Truth. I and the Truth which I bring are inseparable, one from the other. I am one with the Truth. May you all, too, break through the numberless cages and realize that you are one with the limitless Truth of divine life. The divine Beloved is always with you, in you and around you. Know that you are not separate from Him. (Life At Its Best, p-61)
Religion is a cage and the people who follow it are all birds locked up inside.
Do not change your religion of your birth as deemed by God.
I am not come to establish any cult, society or organization nor even to establish a new religion.
I belong to no religion. Every religion belongs to Me. My personal religion is of the being Ancient Infinite One, and the religion I impart to all is Love for God, which is the truth of all religions.
If, instead of erecting churches, fire-temples, mandirs (temples) and mosques, people were to establish the House of God in their hearts for their Beloved God, My work will have been done.
If you review My past activities, teachings and workings, you will find that they contain the elements of all religions in one way or another.
If an aspirant sticks to religious doctrines and dogmas, he will never achieve his ultimate aim, realization of the Truth.
The religion of Bhaktas or devotees of a Master is to carry out His wishes as far as possible.
The religion I shall give touches the knowledge of One behind the many. I intend to bring together all religions and cults like beads in one string and revitalise them for individual and collective needs. All the religions are equal as they are all different paths to realise the One God.
These different paths, Sufism, Vedantism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Jainism and Christianity are as rivers to the ocean.
The average man should follow his creed in all sincerity regardless of rewards to come only with the aim and object of “I want nothing, but God.
Various religions are like patent medicine just as it is necessary to approach a specialist for a speedy and radical cure, so it is imperative to approach a spiritual Master in order to become spiritually perfect.
Your own religion if put into practice, is sufficient to bring salvation to you. It a mistake to change one’s own religion for that of another, the surrounding and circumstances in which you find yourself best suited to work out your destiny or to exhaust your past sanskaras. - Meher Baba