the Word of God so simple that it can be put into one book. Can it
be reduced to human language at all? And is it salvation that we
need or self-understanding? Does mere belief change us or is a more
intimate contact with the truth of our being through meditation
necessary? A statement of
exclusive absolutes about religion is not possible for dharmic
traditions like Hinduism, nor would Hindus find it desirable. Coming
from a universal background such restrictions appear arbitrary.
They appear not as a deep
understanding of the Infinite but as the attempt to arrive at a
mental or emotional formulation that satisfies not the soul's
longing to merge into the Divine, but the ego's need for certainty,
security and control. Only that
which is absolute can be absolute. The Eternal can be absolute, but
to assert finality for a particular person or event in the
historical realm, is to try to make absolute that which is relative.
This is not spirituality, but spiritual materialism, confusing the
absolute which is formless with a particular form.
And why should a
belief be asserted? Rather the Dharma should be recognized. Why
should any Truth have to be asserted at all? Does not the truth of
things speak for itself if we are open to it? We don't have to
proclaim that fire burns. We don't have to shout to the world that
the sun shines. It is an experiential fact. So too, spiritual
realities should be approached as experiential facts. The insistence
on belief indicates lack of experience, and leads to ignoring what
experience teaches us.