Is not Yoga Enough, Why Should
We Talk of Hinduism?
Yoga and Vedanta, which are
the ways of spiritual practice and Self-knowledge, are the most
important aspects of Sanatana Dharma, its inner dimension. If we
have these we have the essence. Yet the outer dimension of Hinduism
is relevant because it has been formulated in harmony with the inner
dimension. Ayurveda, Vedic astrology, Sanskrit, Vedic and Tantric
ritual, Hindu mythology, Hindu music and dance, and so on, are
important factors in building a spiritual culture which encompasses
the whole of life.
They show us how a spiritual
understanding can penetrate into all aspects of life and learning,
so all that we do individually and collectively supports the
spiritual quest. It is not enough just to have spiritual practices.
We need a culture and way of life that allows them to flourish.
Hinduism provides both in abundance and fully integrated.