From SCI and Religion, 1974, taught in Isla Vista, CA (Goleta) by MIU Assistant Professor of Comparative Religion, Mr. John Hughes. (I don't know who was the main Professor of Comparative Religion at MIU in 1974. Perhaps Jonathan Shear, the professor of Philosophy?)
NOTE: What happened to the red cards that someone used to leave on all the tables in many, if not most, of the cafes and restaurants in the entire world? Also, there were no arguments made by anyone against what "Dr. Hughes" presented to our class. It all seemed so obviously true at the time. But today, there is a preponderance of small mindedness and sectartian narrowness that has pervaded the entire and newly idiotic world. Just a few years ago, one would visit any particular restaurant and see a printed card from some such world religious council that gave out the "commandments" from all the religions on earth. These "ten commandments" from Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, the Muslim faith, Sikhs, Zoroastrianism, Bahai faith, etc., etc., were all nearly identical. I don't know what happened to the organization that used to print and distribute those cards to be placed on the tables at restaurants and cafes all over the world.
In quite recent times, let's say 40 years ago, there was a common belief around the world that "Hinduism" was essentially a polytheistic religion, consisting of believers who worshipped many many different gods. This was the situation in 1974, as far as I remember.
But even that concept concerning Hinduism also included a "grand trinity" of major "Gods" consisting of Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma; (the Destroyer (Shiva), the Maintainer (Vishnu), and the Creator (Brahma).
When Maharishi Mahesh Yogi informed the world that he had finished his mission here on earth in Jan. 2008, he left us also with a major "One God" of Vedic Science, the unmanifest absolute which every "successful" TM practitioner has experienced for his or herself. The process for experiencing that "Almighty Father" is the TM meditation technique. "Shiva" then would be the process of transcending; that is, experiencing the normal everyday world of the five senses, transitioning during TM to experiencing the field of unity, or pure silence, the Transcendant, aka, "the source of thought", aka, "Transcendental Consciousness", aka, "deepest restful alertness".
"Shiva", the process of doing Transcendental Meditation, then destroys momentarily the world of the five senses and gives us the experience of unity, the One God, the Almighty Father of Christianity, Judaism, and the Muslim Faith, as well as the unity that Buddha expounded and experienced himself, and wished for his followers to experience. Maharishi believed and taught that Buddha himself taught TM to his followers. Some say Christ taught what amounts to TM to his closest followers.
The One God, aka, "Allah", is the same "One God" of Judaism, Vedic Science, Christianity, and Buddhism, as well as all the rest of the religions which have "One Almighty God".
Jesus Christ himself taught his 12 disciples and his followers to pray not to himself, but to "his father in heaven" as follows:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever, Amen.
The Muslims have always considered Jesus Christ to be a great prophet, and include him in their own religion. I can see that Christ's admonition to his "Christian" followers to pray to the Almighty Father, the One God of the Jewish religion, is good advice. (The Muslim faith was not yet manifest when Jesus was still alive as a human on earth.)
I also can see that now in the year 2020, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi reestablished the One Almighty God of Heaven and earth as the supreme goal for the Hindu (Vedic) religion, and for anyone who practices TM or the TM-Sidhis techniques, his two greatest gifts to the entire world. These are wonderful gifts, even if a fee is usually charged.