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Most people in
the world are not at the level of high spiritual practices or ready to renounce the world.
They need religious teachings, including prayers and rituals to shape their work, social
and family lives on an ethical and devotional level. But such religious teachings should
be broad based, containing something for all aspects of society and connected to the
highest truth as well. Hindu Dharma provides all this in a powerful way.
We should not forget the facts of our individual existence and
the organic connections of our lives. Each one of us has a certain life span. We live in a
certain place and partake of a certain culture. We have our particular temperament and
individual inclinations. All this shapes who we are and how we approach the higher
Only a rare soul can transcend the influence of time and even he or she
must consider the forces of time, just as one cannot avoid being affected by the food that
one eats. The yoga tradition considers that
unless a person has purity in body and mind he cannot transcend them. Similarly, unless we
have harmony in our culture and life-style it is very difficult to go beyond them. Unless
we have a culture that supports the spiritual life, few will be able to pursue it. Culture
is the soil on which we grow like a plant to open out into the boundless sky.