To insist they are literally true or to
deny them because they are not is a failure of intelligence,
the application of a wrong standard. To understand life we
must return to the sacred vision such as we find in the
Vedas that makes the inner dimension of life rule over the
outer, but which gives each its appropriate place.
The way to enter into sacred
time is through participation in the ritual. The ritual
occurs according to the sacred calendar. It celebrates the
life of the deity or the avatar. Through it we leave our
petty personal time wherein we are caught in the affairs of
the outer world and participate inwardly in the life of the
universe. The way to enter into sacred space is to enter
into a temple or other sacred place. This is to leave the
world of territory and possession and enter the domain of
Hence scriptures always seek
to incarnate themselves in temples and religious festivals.
These are the scripture or source teaching in manifestation
in the outer world. In the world of the mind they manifest
through study, chanting and meditation. This living
application is their real power and existence which we
should maintain and which we must maintain to keep our lives
in harmony with the Divine.