is the basic quest for seeking the Eternal Reality. The seeking
of this truth is dependent on the knowledge one gets by intensive
study combined with one's Intuitive wisdom. Swami Sivananda
says that philosophy will take you to the gates of the realm of
eternal bliss, but it cannot allow you to enter that realm. Intuitive
Wisdom or realization of Truth is necessary for entering into
that holy land of everlasting joy and ineffable glory. Swami
Vivekananda says "Religion without philosophy runs into
superstition; philosophy without religion becomes dry atheism."
Questioning and analysis of the teachings is an essential part
of the Spirituality in Hindu Dharma.
is always a great doubt and a constant question in everyone's
mind in their search for spiritual realization. As a child, we
often blindly followed the path taught by our parents and worship
the way they do. As we grow up to be teen-agers, some of them
may get doubts about a supreme force or in the way they are taught
to practice the faith. Some will question if there is a supreme
God and why we cannot see that. If there is one God, why do we
pray to so many forms of images in Temples? Many people continue
in this simple form of Bhaya Bhakthi or Mooda Bhakthi of a Tãmasika.
and analysis are acceptable in our Sanatana Dharma for clearing
the doubts. Often, in that age, they start reading several books
from several teachings of different faiths and practices. Some
may be drawn into alternate paths and some political movements
and their teachings also. Slowly but surely everyone gets an answer
by themselves or from others. Here, when they start seeking their
path with proper Spiritual search for the truth, they become truly
religious. Some of them who refuse to seek the answers may remain
non-believers or just agnostic. Some people may violently react
to others practicing alternate paths also. Normally, in Hindu
Dharma teachings, these types of reactions are discouraged.
Dharma accepts the freedom to have alternate thoughts. Often,
we hear from some well-educated friends, some community leaders
and many societies that they do not believe in a supreme creator
as a supernatural controlling force. They are the Atheists or
Nãstikas; better still, some call themselves as rationalists,
looking for scientific explanations or proofs for every statement
in the religious beliefs and traditions.
Dyer says: "In the Scientific world, if you see it then
you will believe in it as a fact. In Spiritual World, when you
believe in 'IT' you will see 'IT'" in its true form. Knowledge
becomes essential before criticism. Ignorance cannot be an excuse
for raising objections to the customs and traditions. Studying
the books and learning the true customs and traditions become
essential to get this knowledge and wisdom.