Bangalore : Dharma Research Association
Journal of Dharma 31, 1 (January-March 2006), 45-49
Table of contents
There are no ultimate criteria or standards to judge one religion as being truer, since the truly enlightened from all religions each have their rules and logic, and their own ways for transcending their own rules and logic. Prophets, saints and Arahats can transcend not only all principles and disciplines, but also all kinds of differences and deeds. In other words, people who have true religious freedom can violate their own stricture without guilt because their deeds are always for others (including God and Dhamma), not for themselves, and do not arise from their own sins and defilements. Not only is the freedom to follow one's religious law important, equally important is the freedom to transcend those laws. In this way, the understanding of religious enlightenment is ultimately supportive of the understanding of religious freedom as pluralism.