Should Religion Be Organized?
According to Hindus there should not be
one religion, one church, one pope or religious leader, or one
religious institution for the entire planet. Religion should not be
organized as a dogma, belief system, or social institution. It
should not be standardized or stereotyped or it loses its spirit and
creativity and becomes rigid and artificial.
Religion should aim at spiritual
knowledge, through inner practices like Yoga and meditation. It
should not be a vested interest to gain an external following but
have its reality on the inner planes of consciousness. Otherwise
religion, like any vested interest, becomes corrupt. The larger the
institution the greater the corruption is likely to be.
The Hindu model is of many smaller
spiritual groups and organizations in a general alliance or
federation, respecting a unity of Truth but a diversity of
approaches to it. In this way religion can grow in a natural and
organic way and one in which the individual, the real bearer of the
sacred flame of consciousness, is honored and nurtured, not scaled
down according to a belief or system.