“A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations…” – Winston Churchill
This decade of American history will be remembered as a time of great loss of cultural tradition and integrity. Today there is a great deal of confusion concerning such things. Cultures must change with the in breath and out breath of time. Yet the fabric is delicate and must not be torn.
I am an American. Those traditions feed my soul. It is natural for me to feel most comfortable in that domain. I honor the fact that other traditions do the same for their corresponding cultures. The next great step in human history will include the honoring of cultural integrity… be it of our own or of other nations. Only when done, will nations rise to truly support one and other. Current attempts to do so often result in a blurring of cultures and thereby a dilution of integrity or in the tolerance of one and other. However, I am speaking here not of mere tolerance but of love… love for humanity must include love of cultural diversity.
Vedic tradition has come to us through the veil of the Hindu culture. My interest is not in making more Hindus. My interest is in make better Hindus, better Christians, better Jews, and so on. The fact that Vedic Knowledge comes to humanity through one culture is a gift… an opportunity to cultivate respect for one and other. Real respect is rooted in love.
Yet Vedic tradition transcends mere cultural affinity, just as the science of why a cell phone works transcends cultural bias. The depth and breadth of Vedic Science encompasses so much that it is not possible for the casual observer to discern where the science leaves off and the cultural orientation takes over. Yet once the individual sheds the need for mere tolerance and awakens to the state of love for humanity, the question is muted. Then we are afforded the grace of time to evolve ourselves and our world.