Other thinkers hold that what the original teachers of religions
taught was the same but that their followers later misunderstood or
distorted their teachings. They hold that what Jesus, Mohammed,
Buddha and Krishna originally taught was the same, but that later
people turned their message of unity and tolerance into a sectarian
religion. Yet if we look closely at the existent teachings of such
religious leaders we find very different approaches, attitudes and
Books like the Koran and the Gita are hardly alike
either in their tone or teaching. Such main topics of the Gita
as the Self, karma, the gunas, yoga and renunciation are not found
in the Koran unless we insert them between the lines.
Teachers like Mohammed and Buddha had very different manners, one
being aggressive and assertive in his religious proselytizing, the
other being passive and non-violent. The list of could go on and on.
If religions differ so much in the world, there is no reason to
believe that all their founders must have originally taught the same
thing, though some of them may have taught something similar. If we
tell people to return to their original religion as taught by its
founder, they may not find this magical unity of Sarva Dharma
Samabhava but only an original zealousness and intolerance such as
often exists at the early stage of religions, particularly those
based upon an historical revelation.