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THE VALUE OF HINDU CULTURE FOR
It is not just
Yoga, meditation and renunciation of the world that India has to offer but the abundant
forms of a spiritual culture. Naturally these cultural forms will have to be modified,
adapted and purified to some degree relative to time and place. There are aspects of them
that have become rigid or corrupt. Most of the aspects of Hindu culture that are objected
to in the West, like the hereditary caste system, are not in harmony with their original
To defend Hindu culture is to
return to its purer and more spiritual form. It does not require hiding its present
inadequacies. All the world's cultures need such reform and renovation. It is not denying
one's culture to do this but affirming its creative capacity.
Naturally those who have other cultural preferences may object to any apparent
glorification of Hindu culture. They would prefer if Hindu culture would stay hidden and
lacking in confidence so that they can spread their own cultural forms upon the world
without competition from India.