“The living kernel of religion can be found, I believe, in almost every creed, however, much the husk may vary. And think what that means. It means that above and beneath and behind all religions there is one eternal, one universal religion” - MAX MULLER.
The erosion of values in every sphere of life in our times is a matter of anxiety and universal concern. Though man is living today in an era of the prospects of extraordinary scientific technological and material progress, the trend is that globalization seems to be sealing the triumph of junk culture and unbridled consumerism.
The modern world is marked by the widespread explosion of knowledge and tremendous achievements in Science and Technology, coupled with a general decline and reversal of human values as well as an alarming deterioration of moral and mental health both of individuals and societies.
The recent spate of crimes, violence, terrorism and drug abuse makes us aware of the significance of human values, without which human life loses all meaning. The inner strength of mankind springs from within which have guided people in their thoughts, feelings and actions for ages.
Human virtues have been propounded and preached by many great Sages, Prophets and Teachers who had perceived subtle truths of human life, for the benefit of their adherents and for those who would derive benefits by studying their sayings and advices. Some of their sayings were understood by people, enriching and elevating them. This had a most stunning effect on the people, changing their very perception of their own religion and that of others. Thus it is wisely said-
“IT IS THE DUTY OF EVERY CULTURED MAN AND WOMAN TO READ AYMPATHETICALLY THE SCRIPTURES OF THE WORLD. A FRIENDLY STUDY OF WORLD’S RELIGIONS IS A SACRED DUTY”.– MAHATMA GANDHI.