Author: Alexey Leonov
Location: Private collection
“I practiced all forms of religion: Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, and I have also followed the paths of the different Hindu sects… I have found that the same God towards whom all are directing their steps, though along different paths… The substance is one under different names and everyone is seeking the same substance, nothing but climate, temperament and name varies.”
Gadadhar Chatterjee – Indian Hinduism reformer, mystic, preacher, and public figure.
Believed that for the rebirth of India and all of humanity a single religion was necessary. He preached the spiritual kinship of all religions. According to Ramakrishna, the main requirement of religious ethics is not renunciation of the world, but the fulfillment of one’s duties. The realization of God is the highest goal of human life, only this can bring man the highest joy and peace. Purity of mind, chastity – the main condition for the realization of God. God lives in all people as self-existent, therefore all people should be treated with respect.
Ramakrishna is the first and only saint who consistently achieved enlightenment through various teachings and denominations. He showed that all religions lead to God. The result of the life work of Ramakrishna was the revival of not only Hinduism, but also other spiritual teachings. Through his direct experience, he proved that they are true.