|He should never
forget that every human conception of God is imperfect. Therefore he should ceaselessly
try to make his own conceptionless and less imperfect: For this purpose it is necessary
that he should carefully read not only the scriptures of his own religion, but also the
great scriptures of the world belonging to other religions, and keep himself abreast of
the religious thought of his generation. At the same time he should not forget that mere
know- ledge of scriptures would not save him.
knowledge is one thing and religious life is quite another. It is quite possible-indeed it
often happens-that man may learn all the technical subtleties of the Vedanta philosophy
without ever possessing any spirituality. He may be an eminent theologian explaining to a
wondering multitude all the secrets of the kingdom of God. But if the divine Spirit has
never visited his heart, he is only a spy in this kingdom and not a citizen.
A man who has only religious knowledge without religious
experience is like a man who has only one leg. And obviously a man who has only one leg
cannot stand secure, much less therefore can he walk to his goal. The best way
of gaining religious experience is through Upasana or the habit of inner worship. Our
scriptures recommend that internal worship or contemplation should follow every kind of
external worship. Chandogya Upanisad says: - "The sacrifice which one performs
with knowledge, faith and contemplation becomes more powerful."