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Jan 1894 :Swamiji speaks on ISHTA in NY. He spoke : The word Ishta is
derived from the root Ish, to desire, choose. The ideal of all
religions, all sects, is the same — the attaining of liberty and
cessation of misery. Wherever you find religion, you find this ideal
working in one form or other.
.....This theory of Ishta, therefore,
means allowing a man to choose his own
religion. One man should not force another to worship what he
worships......This is the theory of Ishta. It is the only way to make
religion meet practically the necessities of different constitutions, to
avoid quarrelling with others, and to make real practical progress in