The true purpose of human life is spiritual
practice to attune ourselves with the Divine and realize the
Absolute as our true nature. This occurs through various yogic paths
of wisdom (Jnana), devotion (Bhakti), service (Karma), and technique
(Raja Yoga). Special yogic techniques encompass all aspects of our
nature including asana, pranayama, pratyahara and meditation of
various types. Hindu Dharma contains all these paths with great
diversity and profundity, having developed and preserved them since
the beginning of history.
A universal religion must teach all these paths
and train all souls in them, giving each what is appropriate for
their temperament and stage of development. It must aim at
establishing the soul in a specific practice through which it can
grow and cannot accept mere beliefs, dogmas, or mass instruction as
sufficient. This means that true religion must lead to spiritual
practice or it has not accomplished its real goal.