Every human being is possessive in nature. The feeling of this is mine, that is mine, it belongs to me, I inherited this, etc. is very common and cannot be avoided. But, when we translate this human feeling to worldly things and human relations or associations, an element of individual encirclement automatically comes about. Thus, the whole scenario becomes circles of belongings centered on an individual. This becomes a chain and the ambit varies depending upon the reach and the approach of a particular individual.
Even well-thinking humans fall prey to this situation. Enlarged into a wider field, any head of an association thinks that the very association and the people involved or following are part of his creation and thus belongs to him. This is despite the fact such association may be preaching non-divisiveness as a concept. This is particularly true when it comes to religions, where, though the aim is for convergence of universal principles, the exact opposite happens. Anyone belonging to a particular religion or concept thinks that they are a class apart or separate from others.
Thus the divisions get enlarged in the world, comparisons and competitions go on and on. The religious heads, most often, tend to believe that they belong to a particular faith and culture, which are separate and superior as compared to others. Then cults are formed and propagated in course of time to the detriment of the very principle for which such religions came into being.
Irrespective of the region of the world in which they appeared, the ancient saints and seers, meant unity and non-division among humans. Many have sacrificed their lives for this sake. However, the purpose gets defeated subsequently because of the divisive tendencies involved in the cult following a narrow and closed mind approach. This division is encouraged by some so-called God-men who claim everything for themselves and covertly or overtly condemn other groups and beliefs.
Here exactly lies the relevance of the great opening statement of Swami Vivekananda in the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893 when he addressed saying “brothers and sisters” and not the normal way of addressing ladies and gentlemen. The profound meaning and content of this statement is everlasting. Human emancipation of the highest degree to comprehend the entire Universe in the person and the person in the Universe is the aim of a faithful and enlightened preacher. Every living and nonliving being, let alone humans, belong and arise from, disappear and merge in/with the same source, which is the truth of the very existence of the Universe. There is nothing as the second. It is one and the only one. When everything is manifest, He alone is the diverse presence in everything.