What is the Importance of a
Spiritual traditions exist
to various degrees and for various purposes. What is necessary is a
comprehensive spiritual tradition that contains a complete and
practical science of Self-realization. Fragmentary, broken or
incomplete spiritual and occult traditions have some benefit but
they may not be sufficient for full realization.
A comprehensive spiritual
tradition must contain all the different paths of knowledge,
devotion, yogic technique and service and in the proper proportion.
It must recognize the importance of posture, breath, mantra and
meditation. It must employ the use of ritual, form and image, as
well as direct, formless and imageless approaches. It must be based
upon an understanding of the law of karma and the process of
rebirth. Yet it must be free of fixation upon any particular
personality, book, name or idea. And it must be connected to
teachers who have realized this truth. The advantage of the yogic
tradition is that it is such a tradition applied to all human
temperaments, and through thousands of years of experience.