I feel it’s important to start by saying that the content of this letter has nointention of representing an unsupported polemic in contradistinction to all that ishappening today, instead, its intention is to search for what is “good” and “healthy”, to stimulate thoughtful reflection and to help raise the quality of life at all levels:material, mental and spiritual. This is the fruit of my direct experience: I have beenpracticing Yoga, Ayurveda and Indian culture and philosophy for many years andconsequently I can appreciate the concepts of Indian philosophy.
This does not denythe fact that I have never wanted to renounce the free ability to give judgement. Asa matter of fact, considering this last statement, I emphasize that the discriminativeability is a divine gift one should never have to renounce.I need to establish whether Indian scientific and spiritual disciplines have managedto penetrate, rightly or wrongly, in a capillary way into Europe, to reawaken the hopeof realising one’s own dreams, utopic at times, and at the same time establishingbases for various modern movements which in time become referred to as spiritual. It can be affirmed that some of us are born with a great need to nourish the mostinferior cosmos within ourselves, and Indian culture, with its philosophicalinterpretations of the manifestation manages to bring some comfort to a societ ywhich has succumbed to increasingly materialistic wantonness, dissatisfaction and allkinds of insecurities. Indian philosophy manages to direct the attention towards the spiritual substance ofthe manifestation and in giving back the dignity it deserves. That’s what’s needed to make us feel alive, to awaken our senses as well as ourconscience. In fact I maintain that Indian experience is above all an experience ofconscience. The road which awaits a researcher of this culture is a classic one: the same whichgenerally involves oriental meditation. Above all else, he starts with the state ofwake, which is followed by perception and finally he learns to live at peace with hisown conscience.But despite all this he must still reach the top of the mountain in search for a higherperspective which will allow him to contemplate Western and Eastern traditions, andbecome the third experience containing positive attributes of both. An experience which can be called “Unity in Diversity”. In my opinion the universality of Indian vision is often misunderstood and it ends withthe introduction of “characters” who are considered or consider themselves (which isworse) to be Gods. A thin stream of deceit trickles into this over exaggerated interpretation and thereare many... Above all, these “characters” have absolutely nothing that can be termed
“universal”, or to use a modern word, “democratic”. Their intention to provide a totalitarian regime is very questionable. Sometimes I ask myself if we Westerners, who have completed the long painfuljourney towards social conquests in order to free ourselves from dictators, monarchsand others with most suggestive malevolent intentions, in search of a more universalvision we decided to call democracy, now want to go back. But in other ways we have chosen to practice a more ample vision, which can only begiven by a multitude of knowledge, which above all else also appears to be safer interms of objective judgement, any yet today we allow these very few “false prophets”to decide for others .... in other words, subjugate the others.In the past these new charismatic visionaries, convinced to be in the right (that’s whythey are called visionaries), completed their most “masterful disasters”. Their bestweapon, whether “used in good or bad faith” has always been plagiarism. No dictatorhas ever achieved anything without “forcing” the minds of others. Thus bewarespiritual or material constraints! Let us consider ourselves fortunate to be mortal and fallible, endowed with thebenefit of the doubt, armed with humility and love, in search of a subjective Truthwhich we know is difficult to attain because of our human limitations. It is this veryconviction that makes us prudent, respectful and humble. Just think how sad the opposite would be: to be shut in a cage made of falsecertainties or illusions such as these “false prophets” who, be it in good faith or not,have not yet understood that to merely try to influence or subjugate another person’mind is already a disrespectful and violent gesture.