With the advance of science and technology, religious belief has lost its hold over the minds of vast number of people. The generations reared on science find little meaning in formal religion with its churchgoing, ceremonies, unquestioning attitudes of belief, acceptance of preiestly hierarchies and their interference in personal life. At the same time, the pleasures and excitements available in an affluent society do not fill the void left by their lost religion in the heart of men; nor do they offer an avenue for the deep aspirations and yearning towards transcendence which made religion a universal human concern. A growing number of people in the present day are beginning to recognize that inner happiness and a real sense of fulfillment cannot come through organizing outer circumstances; they must well up from within the depths of consciousness itself.
Conventional religion with its rituals and beliefs its do's and don'ts not only failed to answer the deep-seated human need for spiritual realization, it has done positive harm. Religions have divided humanity and provided means for churches and ecclesiastical authorities to exploit others, both materially and morally. The conflict and tension created by religious differences have added considerably to the sum of human suffering.
From the Back of the Book
In every age and culture there have been the few who have searched within themselves for the source of light and goodness. Their quest found its expression in the tradition of yoga which flows across the diverse schools in Egypt and Greece, in Sufi lore, in the teachings of Buddhists and Taoists, in the Christian tradition, in the Tantra and Vedanta.
In this lectures, Mrs Radha points out that there is a way of life and training appropriate to the inner quest and direction signified by the word Yoga and this way of living puts an end to the discord created by the sense of separateness and self.
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