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EAST AND WEST, WHERE IS THE
They are the
different facets of the same gem of our common humanity. Like the different petals of a
flower each has its unique place and beauty but this need not serve to make them hostile
or alien to each other. This does not mean that all cultures are simply the same or equal,
but that they are all part of a greater human culture which we all must discover.
What does the East have to offer the West? It is obviously a much older, better developed,
wiser and more tolerant, as well as more scientific approach tot he spiritual life.
Similarly the West has to offer the East a more scientific, and often more humane and
practical way to organize the outer life. Those of us who are Westerners may have to
humble ourselves a little to recognize what the East has to offer, but we must face the
facts. If we really want to grow as a planet we must take the best from all cultures. When
Westerners refuse to examine Eastern spiritual teachings because it may cause them to lose
their assumed Western identify, they are only cutting off a part of their greater and