Karma-Yoga : Ch-5. Part-4.
WE HELP OURSELVES, NOT THE WORLD :
But it must be easy for all to see that those who worship inside a temple are in many respects different from those who will not worship there.
Therefore the association of particular temples, rituals, and other concrete forms with particular religions has a tendency to bring into the minds of the followers of those religions the thoughts for which those concrete things stand as symbols; and it is not wise to ignore rituals and symbology altogether.
The study and practice of these things form naturally a part of Karma-Yoga.
There are many other aspects of this science of work.
One among them is to know the relation between thought and word and what can be achieved by the power of the word.
In every religion the power of the word is recognised, so much so that in some of them creation itself is said to have come out of the word.
The external aspect of the thought of God is the Word, and as God thought and willed before He created, creation came out of the Word.
In this stress and hurry of our materialistic life, our nerves lose sensibility and become hardened.
To be continued ....