In this regard I see Hinduism as
the religion of both the past and the future, as it shows the
appropriate place for every spiritual practice within the greater
science of Self-realization. I also see that
the encounter of the West with Hinduism will eventually transform
Western religious and spiritual systems into a form of Sanatana
Dharma, or the universal view of Hinduism, that will become the
world religion of the future, not by converting people but by
incorporating all religion, arts and sciences into a higher view.
For this book I would like to thank Dr.B.L.Vashta who
first encouraged me in this direction and Avadhuta Shastri who
brought me into his family and gave me his family name. Ram Swarup's
studies of Hinduism have helped deepen my thought and he also kindly
allowed me to use his Great Refuge in the appendix of the book.
Swami Radhananda was helpful for his encouragement after going over
the manuscript, and Swami Satyananda of the Ramanashram provided
additional crucial encouragement on tackling these difficult issues.
Many others helped in various ways,
particularly my Hindu friends all over the world. Above all, I must
acknowledge the great teachers of India from the ancient Vedic
rishis to the great modern gurus and the great Deities who have
worked through them. Let us reexamine
humanity's oldest and most enduring spiritual tradition, which of
the religions of the world can perhaps most rightfully can call
itself "the Eternal Tradition," in order to help
understand our own deeper and greater spiritual potential. This
eternal teaching begins and ends with the Self, the revelation of
our True Being, which is pure consciousness, freedom, bliss and
May all beings come to
recognize That Self!
May all cultures come to
build their societies upon It!
David Frawley (Vamadeva
Santa Fe, New Mexico