GBC Strategic Planning Network. ISKCON and Interfaith. ILS Mayapur 18 February 2014. Statement Theological Basis Benefits Challenges Types Principles and Guidelines. Statement.
ILS Mayapur 18 February 2014
We respect the spiritual worth of paths of genuine self-realization and search for the Absolute Truth in which the concept of a personal Deity is not explicit.
Other communities and organizations advocating humanitarian, ethical, and moral standards are also valued as being beneficial to society.
ISKCON views dialogue between its members and people of other faiths as an opportunity to listen to others, to develop mutual understanding and trust, and to share our commitment and faith with others, while respecting their commitment to their own faith.
ISKCON recognizes that no one religion (or organization) holds a monopoly on the truth, the revelation of God, or a relationship with God.
ISKCON’s members are encouraged to be respectful to people of faith from other traditions and see the need for people of different faiths to work together for the benefit of society as a whole and the glorification of God.
ISKCON affirms the responsibility of eachindividual to develophis or herrelationshipwith the Supreme.
“But it is not proper to constantly propagate the controversial superiority of the teachers of one’s own country over those of another country although one may, nay, one should, cherish such a belief in order to acquire steadiness in a faith of your own. But no good can be affected to the world by such quarrels.” (Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Sri Caitanya Siksamritam, p. 7)
“We should not criticize others’ methods of religion…. A devotee, instead of criticizing such systems, will encourage the followers to stick to their principles.” (SB. 4.22.24, purport)
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