Ignoring its ritualistic aspects, Hinduism truly is a “union of reason & intuition.”
Published by Promod Puri
Retired after 40 years of career in journalism. Former publisher and editor of The Link, a South Asian Canadian weekly newspaper from Vancouver, BC. Now a freelance writer. Published my first book titled "Hinduism:beyond rituals,customs and traditions". The book is educational dealing with all the facets of Hinduism. Websites: promodpuri.com progressivehindudialogue.com promodpuri.blogspot.com View all posts by Promod Puri
Why ignore the backbone? Seeing rituals as a hindrance is in itself a hindrance to a truth seeker, is my opinion!
Certainly, rituals play significant roles. The pathways to divinity are infused with words of morality and ethics, principles and noble deeds. Rituals facilitate the walk. Rituals give symbolic and distinguished shape and complexion to religion, that includes Hinduism too. The portrayal of religion is shaped by its ritualistic conventions. These dedicated practices furnish an identity, a sense of belonging and social unity, vitality, vigor, action, and liveliness to a faith. They establish religious protocols.
However, the domination of rituals in a religious order produces complexities and enigmas which influence its explicitness and perception.
Some rituals have rationales, explanations, and acceptable interpretations. But there are others which are meaningless, vague and disconnected. These exhibit indignation, confusion, and even disgrace. Many irrational and bizarre rituals are a deterrent too. When rituals of that nature wrap a religion tenaciously its sanctity is defaced. The track of spirituality is damaged.