|Religion is the
response of the whole being of man to the call of God. It is most comprehensive than
poetry, art, science, politics, etc. In fact, religion, properly understood, is not a
separate activity at all,
but something, which comprehends and transcends all our activities. Hence every part of
our being has a place in it.
A man has, besides a body, a conscious mind with its three main aspects of will, emotion
and reason, and behind it a vast sub-conscious or unconscious mind in which are stored
away the innumerable past experiences of the individual and the race. And, over and above
all these, is the
super-conscious, eternal and universal spirit, which is the fundamental self of all beings
and by virtue of which, in fact, they live and function.
So every established religion, which ministers to the whole being of man
is bound to possess elements in it, which will improve all the pails of that being. To
begin with, there must be something in it which sublimates and purifies the unconscious
mind, something which goes to the very roots of a man's being and exerts a subtle, but
most lasting, influence on his habits, tastes, impulses and the unreflective ways of life.