without religion becomes meaningless. Religion without rituals
becomes insipid. The rituals of a religion, like the husk of a seed,
preserve its life and make it germinate. It is only when the rituals
are separated from the faith and assume an independent existence
that they become mechanical and lifeless.
Human beings have not yet reached
those heights where they can dispense with all sorts of symbols and
rituals and devote themselves to purely abstract principles. A flag
hoisting, an oath taking or a convocation is as much a ritual as
worship or sacrifice. To give a concrete shape to the abstract
spiritual ideals and to add colour and zest to life, Hinduism
recommends the performance of several rituals.