Sarva Dharma Sama Bhava is a concept embodying the equality of the destination of the paths followed by all religions (although the paths themselves may be different). The concept was embraced by Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Holkar (she built masjid, Hindu temples, bauudha vihar and taught sarvdharm sambhav and patrioism). The concept originated with Sri Rāmakrishṇa and Swāmi Vivekānanda,[1] but was popularized by Mahātmā Gāndhi.[2] Although originally occurring among the ancient Hindu Vedas, the phrase was eventually attributed to Gandhi, who first used it in September 1930 in his communications to his followers to quell divisions that had begun to develop between Hindus and Muslims.[2] The concept is one of the key tenets of secularism in India, which do not separate church and state, but instead is an attempt by the state to embrace all religions.[3][4]

Sarva dharma sama bhav is often translated as "All religions are the same" or "All path's lead to the same destination [In a religious sense]", although its literal meaning is closer to "All dharma/faiths are possible".

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  1. ^ Long, Jeffrey (2012). "The Politicization of Hinduism and the Hinduization of Politics: Contrasting Hindu Nationalism with the Transformative Visions of Swami Vivekenanda and Mahatma Gandhi". In Ricci, Gabriel R. (ed.). Politics in Theology. Transaction. ISBN 9781412848039.
  2. ^ a b Rakhit, Maanoj (29 July 2013). RKM Propagating the Opposite of What Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Had Said: Call to the Rank and File at RKM! Stand Up and Uphold the Truth. Maanoj Rakhit. ISBN 9788189746490.
  3. ^ Smith, Donald E (2011). India as a Secular State. Princeton University Press. ISBN 9781178595253.
  4. ^ Larson, Gerald James (2001). Religion and Personal Law in Secular India: A Call to Judgment. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-33990-1.