Sri Ramakrishna did not study philosophy, or books – but we are surprised to see how his realization echoed the experience of the Vedic sages: Ekam Sat Viprah Bahuda Vadanti – Truth is one, sages call it by various names. Thus spirituality like science brings one perfectly to the realization of the nameless sages of pre historic age and the experience of Sri Ramakrishna. He was the unique historical figure of the 19th century India, who re- lived this harmony of religions, its practices, its experiences and presented the truth before the skeptics of the modern time.
Many writers, scientist, philosophers, teachers, actors, musicians and famous people from all walks of life, were influenced by this message of Oneness, Divinity, Peace and Harmony. The interfaith movement has become a very important theme of modern times. Vivekananda, the Vedanta monastics and lay devotees are at the back of this movement, and are silently contributing like unseen dew drops to this harmony. Not to proselytize but to inspire everyone to follow his own religion and to be a better Christian, Muslim, Hindu by realizing God –is the legacy. Not to criticize, not even toleration but acceptance of every path as varied and true is the real message of harmony. Vedanta societies through the monks and devotees as also many Vedanatic traditions of India, along with the leaders of other faith traditions of great world religions are trying to carry on the flag of Sri Ramakrishna’s legacy through meetings, dialogues and respectful understanding each other. This is the good news of hope, as it is gradually bringing peace and harmony and becoming a force to counter act distention and disharmony.