• God-Realisation through Multiple Religions? A Study into Religious Experiences of Sri Ramakrishna

    Author(s):
    Muhammad Akram (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Hinduisms, Islamicate Studies, Religious Studies
    Subject(s):
    Islamic studies, Hinduism, Interfaith studies, Mysticism, Religion in South Asia
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    religious pluralism, interfaith relations, Ramakrishna, religious experience
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/awsz-v083
    Abstract:
    Sri Ramakrishna (1836–1886) is an important Hindu spiritual personality from nineteenth-century Bengal who is best known for his pluralistic approach to religions, which is based on his claim to have practically experienced the same divine reality through various strands of Hinduism and different religions of the world. This paper pertains to an analytical survey of his religious experiences including his supposed conversions to Islam and Christianity. Without taking an outright reductionist approach to all of his religious experiences it is viewed that claims of God-realisation through Islam and Christianity seem problematic from the perspective of these religious traditions. However, there is no denying the fact that Ramakrishna's supposed realisation of God through various religions can definitively inculcate in Hindus (and others who endorse his experiences) a tolerant attitude and pluralist approach to different religions. To that extent, Ramakrishna's religious experiences can be conducive to peaceful interreligious coexistence and interfaith harmony.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    7 months ago
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