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As we consider the people who deeply delve into Advaita and Vishistadvaita are the most educated among the Hindu people as they clearly point to the existence of God within Human beings, and the only way to get enlightened is to turn inward and get united with the source or the Brahman within. In the same way, among the Christian societies, the Quakers can be regarded as somewhat special!

Society of Friends or mostly known as Quakers was founded by the 15th-century British Philosopher George Fox and his wife Margaret. Quakers were a group of well-educated revolutionaries in a Christian society that acknowledge the Presence of God within every individual. The base philosophy of the early Quakers clearly says that “God reveals Himself within each individual’s conscience and consciousness by the Holy Spirit, Christ Himself being the Light to illumine man’s sinfulness and lead in the way of truth and righteousness. … this light is in all men by the grace of God to lead them to Christ, and that the same light will give daily guidance to the Christian.”

Mr. Fox, born in a weaver’s family in England, felt so depressed about the orthodox preaching of Church and found no one among to seek a solution from, for his strange feeling that kept on bothering him from within. He expressed it as: “As I had forsaken the priests, so I left the separate preachers also and those esteemed the most experienced people; for I saw there was none among them all that could speak to my condition. And when all my hopes in them and in all men were gone so that I had nothing outwardly to help me, nor could tell what to do, then, oh, then, I heard a voice which said, “There is one, even Christ Jesus, that can speak to thy condition”; and when I heard it my heart did leap for joy. Then the Lord let me see why there was none upon the earth that could speak to my condition, namely, that I might give Him all the glory; for all are concluded under sin, and shut up in unbelief as I had been, that Jesus Christ might have the pre-eminence who enlightens and gives grace, and faith, and power. Thus when God doth work, who shall prevent it? And this I knew experimentally.”

-Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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