What's the point of religion?
Most religions as
preached and practiced today create confusion in the minds of rational and
honest people. So this question is very appropriate.
There is a big difference
between a religion and spirituality. Religions are usually organized and serve
their own interests at the expense of others. It is our fault that we do not
demand the best and we tolerate what is offered by others. There is a price to pay
for ignorance, whether in worldly affairs or with a religion. It's your responsibility to separate the real from the phony. A real learning of
the Gita will not fail you.
Real spirituality is universal. It may be compared to common denominators like
the sun, air, or gravity. They remain relatively stable over time, places
and circumstances. Spiritual knowledge can't be learned with the intellect but has to be felt from within.
This is a very
difficult and demanding task, and it needs the guidance of a capable teacher. It
needs to be conferred only on an individual basis as Krishna preached to
Arjuna in the Gita. Unfortunately, in today's world these teachers are extremely
rare and true knowledge cannot be realized where the masses are present.
-- Swami Radhanandaji
Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 August 2007 )