trayī sāṅkhyaṁ yogaḥ paśupatimataṁ vaiṣṇavamiti
 
prabhinne prasthāne paramidamadaḥ pathyamiti ca |
 
rucīnāṁ vaicitryādṛjukuṭila nānāpathajuṣāṁ
 
nṛṇāmeko gamyastvamasi payasāmarṇava iva || 7 ||

 

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This is the translation for verse seven of the Shiva Mahimnah Stotram, it stands alone as a wonderful prayer of pluralism:
Different paths to realisation are found in the three Vedas, by the philosophy of Sankhya, Yoga, Shiva worshippers, Vaishnava Shastras. People follow many different paths, straight or crooked, according to their individual temperament, depending on that which they consider best, or most appropriate–and reach you alone just as rivers enter the ocean.

 

Hinduism on its own terms has built in tolerance. It is not my way or hell for you, there is a recognition that we are all on the path to God. This is not to say that there are no bad Hindus or evil actions in the name of Hinduism. Of course there are, but the pluralistic acceptance that Hindu Philosophy provides is a model for all of us who become drawn towards extreme fundamentally closed belief models. The western worldview is slowly but surely leaning towards pluralism and shifting away from dogma.
I’ve included the Sanskrit transliteration here as I feel it is one to memorize. What do you think?

 

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