Be the player, not the pawn

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar answers seekers' questions on religious differences, acceptance and doubt, love and understanding.

Why are there differences between religions?

Religion has three components: symbols, customs and traditions and values. As far as values are concerned, there is no difference, because all religions talk about oneness. Customs and symbols are, however, very different; they have to be, this is what makes the world beautiful. God doesn't like uniformity. He has created nature with such diversity - so many flowers, animals and people. Diversity is the language of God.