are inclined to accept anything that calls itself calls itself
religion, particularly if it is also mystical. They would like to
believe that all mystical states are valid and that all religions
are true. This exposes them to manipulation by groups who use a
religious or mystical appearance to promote their own agendas that
may be anti-Hindu in nature. It is also contrary to their tradition.
The Hindu Yoga tradition is well
aware of the fact there are many different states of altered
consciousness or mysticism. Not all of these are true, much less
wholesome. There are various types of mysticism from what is little
more than black magic to the highest Self-realization, and even
experiences of Self-realization can be partial or mixed with lesser
states. The Yoga tradition relates that even Asuras, beings of great
pride and ambition, take to Yoga practices to gain greater powers to
further their aim of world domination.
Religion, on one hand, has certainly
been the greatest help for humanity in our eternal quest of Self-
realization. Yet, on the other hand, it has also caused the greatest
harm, inciting every sort of crime justified by the name of God.
Religion can be not only the means of eradicating our human ego and
its intractable biases, it can become the last and greatest
attachment for the ego and the place in which our deepest prejudices
can hide. Superstitions and hatreds can rest unquestioned in
religion, particularly when they are attributed to God or his will.