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HINDU AND VEDIC KNOWLEDGE IN
not of the north or the south, the east or the west. It is of all time and all places and
belongs to all of us. The heritage of all humanity belongs to each human being. Until we
are open to that we cannot expect our true humanity to flower. So in approaching the Vedas
or any knowledge coming from a different cultural base we must take its universal and
relevant truth. We need not apply it superficially as a fad.
We need not imitate it or take it on like a new mask. We need only take from it
what communicates to our deeper heart and soul which is in harmony with the needs of our
own situation in life. On the other hand, we should not merely reject any part of a system
of knowledge because at first glance it appears strange or difficult to understand,
because it is written in a different language or clothed in a different garb.
Nor do we have to be afraid about appearing or thinking
differently than the more common influences around us. If we find something that works we
should apply it. Hence outer aspects of Hindu and Vedic culture, like the use of incense
or the wearing of white, may also be relevant to us. To adapt them is not necessarily a
form of cultural imitation. It may indicate an enhancement of our culture according to
influences more in harmony with nature and with the spirit.