Four Principles of Yoga and Vedanta
There are four principles of Yoga and Vedanta:
Divinity of soul:
Divinity of soul is the unshakable spiritual basis of freedom and self-fulfillment.
Unity of existence:
It is the foundation of all ethical virtues. Self-love is the mainspring of a man’s action and raison d’etre of his love for others. The true self of a person is the self of all beings.
Oneness of the Ultimate Reality:
While the Ultimate Reality is one, the names, forms, and symbols describing It are various. They are frail attempts of the human mind to name the nameless and to attribute form to that which is formless.
Harmony of religions:
Oneness of the Ultimate Reality teaches us to remain loyal to our own ideal, but to show positive respect to the ideals of others. All religions are fundamentally the same. Unity in diversity is the law of life and so it is in matters of religion.
— Swami Adiswarananda, Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Centre of New York, in MEDITATION & ITS PRACTICES, 2003