Should We Not Combine All
All true spiritual teachings
have an inherent unity, which is the recognition of the spirit or
Self as the highest Reality. Such a universal tradition is intrinsic
in Universal Truth. All true teachings are always part of it. Yet
such a universal tradition cannot be arrived by putting together the
fragments which may exist in different teachings, any more than the
moon can be put together by collecting its reflections that exist in
various pools of water.
To discover the
universal tradition it is necessary to discover the Self-existent
reality behind the universe. Without knowing ourselves, to try to
put together a universal tradition through what we have learned from
books or from other people, however great, remains second hand and
artificial and cannot possibly endure.
The beauty of Sanatana
Dharma is that it is already based upon a universal understanding
which uses all aspects of the spiritual life including theistic and
non-theistic approaches, Yogas of knowledge, devotion, service and
technique, and both imagistic and non-imagistic approaches. Yet
without awareness of the inner Self such aids remain limited in
value, like tools without the proper person to employ them. Sanatana
Dharma provides the basis for a universal tradition but it needs the
enkindling factor of our own Self-knowledge to truly manifest it.