“Much has been said of the common ground of religious unity. I am not going just now of venture my own theory. But if any one here hopes that this unity will come by the triumph of anyone of the religions and the destruction of the others, to him I say, “Brother, yours is an impossible hope”. Do I wish that the Christian would become Hindu? God forbid. Do I wish that Hindu or Buddhist would become Christian? God forbid.
The seed is put in the ground, and earth and air and water are placed around it. Does the seed become the earth, or the air, or the water? No, It become a plant, it develops after the law of its own growth, assimilates the air, the earth, and the water, converts them into plant substance, and grows into a plant.
Similar is the case with religion. The Christian is not to become a Hindu or a Buddhist, nor a Hindu or a Buddhist to become a Christian. But each must assimilate the spirit of the other and yet preserve his individually and grow according to his own law of growth.
If the Parliament of Religions has shown anything to this world it is this; It has proved to the world that holiness, purity, and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any men and women of the most exalted character, In the face of this evidence, if anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion and the destruction of others. I pity him from the bottom of my heart, and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written, in spite of resistance; “Help and not Fight”, “Assimilation and not Destruction”, “Harmony and Peace and not Dissension”.