AN UNIVERSAL RELIGION
(New Discoveries, Vol. 3, pp. 276-77.)
[The Queen, The Lady’s Newspaper, November 23, 1895]
Mrs. Haweis’s first autumn At home took place last Saturday at Queen’s House, when the Indian Yogi, or ascetic, Swami Vive Kananda (Buddhist [sic] delegate at the Parliament of Religions at Chicago in 1893) discussed in a liberal spirit, and not without humour, the chances and the charms of an universal religion.1 He showed that the underlying principles of all the great religions of the world resembled one another, and amongst the great prophets he placed the Christian Redeemer very high, implying, however, that His teaching was little borne out sometimes by His professed followers. There was no radical impossibility of reconciliation between sects, now biting and devouring each other from the best motives, if charity and sympathy were carried into the kiosque, the temple, and the church. Canon Basil Wilberforce and the Rev. H. R. Haweis both made interesting speeches in reply to the Swami. . . . The guests numbered 150.
- ^This London talk, of which there is no verbatim transcript available, was delivered November 16, 1895.