How Should Hindus Relate to
Western culture is primarily
a secular and commercial culture. Its main benefit is its practical
efficiency, scientific knowledge and humanitarianism. Its main
limitation is its attachment to sensation and entertainment, which
dull the mind. While the scientific and humanitarian side of Western
culture can be helpful its lack of spiritual knowledge must be
Western culture, though it
has religion, is not a religious culture. On one hand, this largely
frees Western culture from religious dogma, intolerance and bigotry
that makes life difficult in countries dominated by a religious
belief. On the other hand, it leaves Western culture in a spiritual
vacuum, without any spiritual roots, which may deprive people of any
deep connection with life or God.
What Is The Hindu culture is not a
religious culture in the sense of an exclusive belief. It has a
secular, universal and open minded approach. Yet it is not a
materialistic culture. It is based upon spiritual and yogic values
and practices, a tradition of Sadhana or spiritual practice.
Therefore it does not have to clash with what is beneficial in
Western culture but can afford the spiritual dimension that it
needs. Hindus should take what is useful from Western culture but
try to give it in return what they have to offer, which is a deeper
approach to the spiritual life.