Should One Not Follow the Religion One is Born Into?
We are born into many things and with many different proclivities, some which may reflect our real nature, others which may be obstacles that we should strive to overcome. The religion of our birth may be one or the other.
Religion, properly understood, is an aid to Self-realization and not an end in itself. One should follow whatever religious teachings most aid in this realization, regardless of their origin. If the religion one is born into has a living Self-realization tradition that one can follow, one should certainly adapt it.
If the religion of one's
birth does not have such a tradition, then one should look to
teachings that do. We must learn to use religion to further our
inner understanding and cease letting religion use us to further the
vested interests, which are usually of a worldly nature, that may
sustain it. We do not belong to any particular religion, rather all
religions belong to us.
In the global age that is
dawning we no longer are restricted to the culture or religion of
our area of birth but have access to that of all humanity. We should
strive to benefit from the spiritual legacy of the human race, just
as we are learning to benefit from the scientific knowledge and
culture of all areas of the world.