In addition to the external forces that are pushing humanity closer together to solve global problems, and the uniting force that results from bringing people together through travel, technology and development of a common economic and cultural framework that overlays the different cultural traditions of different lands, there is another supportive force that is pushing towards the development of human unity, in some form or another. This force is active first in the mind of a few visionaries or thinkers, and it is the idea of the common humanity of all people and the oneness that underlies all the variations, the idea of a religion of humanity. While this idea began to make itself known and felt only to a relatively small number of individuals who could conceptualize it, over time, with the efforts these individuals have made to bring forth and explain this idea, and correlate it to the needs of humanity and provide solutions to the global crises that we are now beginning to recognize, one can see that the idea continues to expand its scope and take on an actual form. The United Nations and various agencies, the World Health Organisation, UNESCO, the World Court, all are initial formations that begin to carry out the intent behind the religion of humanity.
Sri Aurobindo observes: “…there is a sentiment helped and stimulated by these outward circumstances, a cosmopolitan, international sentiment, still rather nebulous and vaguely ideal, which may accelerate the growth of the formal union.”
“There is, however, at work a more powerful force, a sort of intellectual religion of humanity, clear in the minds of the few, vaguely felt in its effects and its disguises by the many, which has largely helped to bring about much of the trend of the modern mind and the drift of its developing institutions. This is a psychological force which tends to break beyond the formula of the nation and aspires to replace the religion of country and even, in its more extreme forms, to destroy altogether the national sentiment and to abolish its divisions so as to create the single nation of mankind.”
Sri Aurobindo, The Ideal of Human Unity, Part Two, Chapter 35, Summary and Conclusion, pg. 303