Question: Could you please compare the essential truths of the American theory, "All men are created equal," with the Hindu and Vedic theories?

Sri Chinmoy: American philosophy says, "All men are created equal." The Upanishads say, " Brahmasmi — I am the One Absolute; I am all-pervading." Hindu philosophy also says, "The whole world is God's family," and " Tat tvam asi — That thou art." These are all slightly different approaches to the same Truth, but the Indian approaches are God-oriented, while the American approach is man-oriented.