Jnana-Yoga : - 1-10.
CHAPTER : I - THE NECESSITY OF RELIGION-10.
At best, therefore, Utilitarian theories can only work under present social conditions.
Beyond that they have no value.
But a morality an ethical code, derived from religion and spirituality, has the whole of infinite man for its scope.
It takes up the individual, but its relations are to the Infinite, and it takes up society also —
because society is nothing but numbers of these individuals grouped together;
and as it applies to the individual and his eternal relations,
it must necessarily apply to the whole of society, in whatever condition it may be at any given time.
Thus we see that there is always the necessity of spiritual religion for mankind.
Man cannot always think of matter, however pleasurable it may be.
It has been said that too much attention to things spiritual disturbs our practical relations in this world.
As far back as in the days of the Chinese sage Confucius, it was said, "Let us take care of this world: and then, when we have finished with this world, we will take care of other world."
It is very well that we should take care of this world.
But if too much attention to the spiritual may affect a little our practical relations, too much attention to the so-called practical hurts us here and hereafter.
It makes us materialistic.
For man is not to regard nature as his goal, but something higher.
To be continued ...