A religious leader who had lived his life in strict accordance with his teachings and principles was intolerant of other people and their failures. He was convinced that there was no saving grace in other religions and even for the ‘renegades’ in his own. He would make outrageous statements about those he condemned.

“I can’t help admiring his sincerity and commitment,” a visitor said.

“Fanatics are seldom wanting in sincerity and commitment,” the sage said. “It is in honesty and openness that they fall short.”

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(Francis J Padinjarekara: The Ocean in the Dewdrop, de Mello Publications, 2010. pg. 25)

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