All Religious Teachings Dharmic?
From the notion of Sarva Dharma Samabhava the question must
arise: Is everything that is taught in different religions
throughout the world a Dharmic principle? Certainly all religions
teach us, at least to some degree, to be good, to tell the truth, to
control the senses, and other principles which are Dharma. Such
principles should be accepted by whoever says them; yet they do not
require any religious belief or revelation to follow them.
They are universal ethical principles which are largely
self-evident if we look into the interdependence of all life.
Yet beyond this, religions do not have
much in common. Some religions, not only Biblical religions but also
most forms of Hinduism, have a creator God, while some, like
Buddhism and Taoism, do not. While Dharmic traditions, like Hinduism
and Buddhism, look to enlightenment or Moksha as the goal, for other
religions, particularly most forms of Christianity and Islam,
salvation from sin and heaven and hell are ultimate realities.
Some religious groups regard the
world as merely six thousand years old; others see it as billions of
years old. Some allow the use of images in religious worship,
others vehemently oppose it. Some religions are tolerant and
accepting of other beliefs, others are proselytizing and prone to