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THE VALUE OF HINDU CULTURE FOR
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suffering from a misunderstanding of the beauty and importance of their culture, though it
must be admitted that much of Hindu culture today is in decay. This, however, should not
be a pretext for abandoning it in favor of a spiritually interior culture, but for
reviving it. Once we understand the importance of culture in the spiritual life, we begin
to appreciate what Hinduism has been all about. The spiritual path is Rama but a spiritual
culture is Sita. Rama must win and save Sita or he cannot fulfill his destiny.
Hindus need to awaken to the importance of their spiritual tradition including not only is
great formless teaching like Vedanta, but its beauty of spiritual culture, particularly
its culture of devotion (bhakti), which is one of the most sublime and exalted cultures
the world has ever produced. They need to recognize the importance of their spiritual
culture for all humanity, which is spiritually starved and generally deprived of any
deeper cultural nourishment.