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THE VALUE OF HINDU CULTURE FOR
traditions recognize that Truth can be found through many different sages, and must
ultimately be realized by each individual in his or her own right, while these exclusivist
approaches recognize only one great being who existed at one time, and require that all
other people look to that one person and his authoritative revelation for establishing
their relation-ship with God. Such a negative attitude about the human capacity for
spiritual knowledge must have an effect in stultifying the spiritual potential of the
Even the Buddhist cultures of the East, though they have the concept of an enlightened
sage, have not produced the great stream of sages that has come out of India, though they
have produced a number of such remarkable figures. This is perhaps because their cultures
as a whole are less spiritually oriented and more practically minded than the Hindu.
Therefore we must conclude that culture can be important and that the culture of India,
even with its many inadequacies, has given the world a better basis for the spiritual life
than those of other countries.