Nor is all that
we know of as Hinduism such a formulation of Universal Truth.
The formulation of a universal tradition, being bound by time,
must contain elements which are not universal. It must have
teachings relative to particular people, places and cultures.
Yet its foundation should be universal and that foundation in
Hinduism is still intact and, in fact, in resurgence, in the
process of reclaiming its greater universality as the many
modern Yoga teachers from India indicate.
There are those
today who want to create a new universal tradition by combining
together all the religions of the world. This is a valuable
endeavor, but we must recognize that what has been formulated in
a fragmentary way cannot lead to wholeness. We cannot create the
universal through putting together the particular. We cannot
create the unity of a tree through gathering together the leaves
which have fallen from it.
It would be like
trying to creating a universal government by giving a place to
all the existent governments of the world and their vested
interests, including those which are inefficient, or corrupt.
Such an approach may in fact be
self-defeating. By validating various particular or limited
approaches, we may emphasize their differences in which there
can never be unity. Similarly, we may never be able to arrive at
a common humanity by trying to accommodate or give equal
importance to every different human group in terms of race,
language, religion, culture or life-style. This can only occur
when we set aside our differences and recognize the essence of
consciousness which is our true nature, in which all outward
differences lose their significance.