|April 11, 2002 |
Regardless of what form of God we pray to, we can attain the highest level based on how we perform the prayer. Human nature, however, has a tendency to place walls and barriers that take the focus away from the important aspects of sincere devotion and God's true universality. Dinkar Uncle gave an example of this tendency with a personal experience.
After Dinkar Uncle had received his Masters from Georgia Tech, he first found a job in Indiana. There, he enjoyed the company of his manager, and often went to his home for dinner. This man was a devout Christian, and so Dinkar Uncle also attended church services with him. After some time, Dinkar Uncle told him that he had noticed another church closer to home, and thus thought about going there. Immediately, the manager replied that all of the churches were not the same, and he should thus continue to travel the extra distance to come to this particular church. Dinkar Uncle followed the advice, and soon made more friends at the church. Dinkar Uncle once went to another churchgoer's home for dinner, and related this to his manager. However, the man again warned that one should be careful when talking with others within the church too, because only a few have the correct understanding, and only those few will attain heaven. Dinkar Uncle then went to India, and thus could not attend the church as often. After returning, the manager commented that Dinkar Uncle would not go to heaven because of his Hindu beliefs.
This type of sankuchittaa (closed-mindedness) is not spirituality, but arises from crude human nature. The key is that the power is in the understanding with which we practice spirituality, not in regards to the distinctions made by human interpretations.