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There is an immense influence of Srimanta Shankardeva's religious ideology, traditional rules and practice of his belief form in Assamese social life. For this society, the subject of devotion is a unique essence of life. Assamese social life is highly enriched because of such traditional Discussions on Shankardeva and his beliefs practice of devotion and religion deeply. On the Other hand monotheistic Sufism has also played an equally important role in spreading ideals of Islam and the message of peace to all: irrespective of caste, creed or religion. Sufism played an important role in constructing a pragmatic classless society by spreading the doctrine of brotherhood and unity. Looking at the logical approach, similarity of ideals, convergence of goal and magnanimity of purpose, it can be easily summarized that Neo-Vaishnavite ideology and Sufism are the two sides of the same coin. Monotheism; the idea of a classless society, and socialism were given priorities in both the doctrines. They requested all to live in harmony by practicing such philosophical thoughts leaving behind all religious intolerances. At present, it seems very essential that both Sufism and Shankardeva's ideology will help to establish peace and harmony in our society.  Practice of both the doctrines looks very relevant in today's society. This is the reason why a comparative discussion on similarity between Sufism and Shankardeva's Neo-Vaishnavite religion is emphasized here.

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Sahin Jafri. (2019). Similarity between Shankardeva’s Vaishnavite ideology and Sufism: A comparative study. Think India, 22(10), 24-31. Retrieved from https://journals.eduindex.org/index.php/think-india/article/view/10747