THE SPREAD OF HINDUISM
substance or body at death and passing into another . With each birth or transition the soul adds a little more to its self-merit . Finally it goes beyond the power of this illusory law of cause and effect and thereby attains immortality and freedom in the real sense . When it does this, it combines or merges with the great spirit, the deity, the Ultimate Reality. Every soul is therefore potentially divine. The free soul cannot be deluded by the mere appearance of things. But after the death of the body, the soul, which has been freed from ignorance, desire and attachment to material things, becomes swallowed up in the Supreme Spirit and thus attains complete liberation. So reincarnation is a process leading toward perfection of soul . s The Hindu swamis point out that "Hinduism is noted for its catholic and universal outlook", and that "the Bhagavad Gita declares that all religions are strung on the Lord like pearls on a necklace . In whatever way people offer their worship to the Lord, He accepts it . All religions lead to the same Truth. Ramakrishna repeatedly said that the different religions are only different paths leading to the same spiritual experience of peace and blessedness. . . The Hindu attitude toward other religions is that of respect and not of mere tolerance, much less of rivalry" . However, we must observe that this was not demonstrated in the sanguinary race and religious riots that followed the establishment of Hindustan and Pakistan in 1947. Believing in reincarnation, they claim that "a Hindu accepts Christ, too, as an incarnation". 9. What view is Hinduism said to take of all religions? But how was this contradicted?
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