The purpose of presenting Hindu and Vedic knowledge is not to
impose a religious or cultural belief upon anyone. It is to bring out the universal or
spiritual element in human culture. This is, to a great extent, to transcend both religion
and culture into the spiritual, the universal. True culture is not a local bias but a
local means of approaching the transcendent, a harmonizing ourselves with nature to
approach the spiritual power behind her.
change. For example, Christianity itself was once seen in Rome as a foreign and eastern
religion. Buddhism was long regarded in China as a foreign and western religion. No
culture can expect to remain the same without growth or adaptation. The greatest cultures
have always been those which have had the greatest openness, which have combined within
themselves the greatest diversity of cultural elements, including different races,
languages and religions.
No culture is homogenous and to the extent a culture tries
to be, it usually becomes sterile. To expand one's cultural matrix is not a sign of
inferiority but an indication of greatness. A healthy culture is always open to new
influences and does not create artificial barriers in knowledge, art or skill. True
culture is human and humane, not tied to one special interest group.