we should recognize what is universal in the different teachings
of the world - which is to discard that which is not universal.
The real unity is self-existent at the core of who we are. It
cannot be fabricated by validating the differences that exist at
the surface. The unity of the ocean exists at its depth, not at
the level of the waves, which must ever remain turbulent.
There are others
who want to create a universal tradition anew by discarding the
religions of the world, recognizing that all the religions we
possess have become limiting identities. Yet this would be like
trying to create a new science by discarding all that science
has previously discovered. We must take what is universal in the
teachings of the world, neither validating them at the level of
their surface differences, nor discarding all that they have to
As such a
tradition always exists in the cosmic mind we only need to
restore its outer functioning. To do this we must recognize the
tradition which has existed and the forms it has created. For
this a reencounter with Sanatana Dharma - the perennial wisdom
tradition of the great sages of India - is helpful, if not
essential, however we choose to try to reestablish such a
tradition. On this foundation, let us examine more deeply the
whole issue of religion and spirituality, through the foundation
of India's eternal tradition and its global relevance.