Itanagar (PTI): Noted spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravishankar on Friday suggested a blend of knowledge of all traditions, including the teachings of Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and indigenous faiths, to end conflicts.
“Look at Japan where people blended Shintoism and Buddhism so much so that it is now difficult to distinguish between the followers of the two religions,” the Art Of Living founder told at a press conference here.
Pointing to China, he said, Taoism and Buddhism were similarly blended there. “We should also take note of these achievements and try to effect such a blending rising above narrow fundamentalism.
“The teachings of Islam, Christianity, Gita and indigenous faiths, all have wonderful messages for mankind.” Replying to a question he said spirituality was different from religion. “Spirituality is like the banana while religion is like its skin.” People belonging to all religions could join hands to solve their problems unitedly, Sri Sri Ravishankar, who is on a week-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh, said.
Referring to militants and terrorists he said, “we should talk to those who have been misguided through exposure to wrong beliefs. They should be convinced that all are the children of the same god. Politicians won’t do anything. Only the spiritual leaders can inspire people.”