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 Sri Rāmakrishṇa and Swāmi Vivekānanda,[1] but primarily popularized by Mahātmā Gāndhi.[2] Although commonly thought to be among the ancient Hindu vedas, the phrase is actually attributed to Gandhi, having been used first in September 1930 in his communications to his followers to quell divisions that had begun to develop between Hindus and Muslims toward the end of the British Raj.[2] The concept is one of the key tenets of secularism in India, wherein there is not a separation of church and state, but 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.