The Universal Yoga Tradition by Radha Burnier
With the advance of science and technology, religious belief has lost its hold over the vast numbers of people. The generations reared on science find little meaning in formal religion with its church-going, ceremonies, unquestioning attitudes of belief, acceptance of priestly hierarchies and their interference in personal life. At the same time, the pleasures and excitements available in an affluent society do not fill the void left by their lost religion in the hearts of men; nor do they offer an avenue for the deep aspirations and yearning towards transcendence, which made religion a universal human concern. A growing number of people in the present day are beginning to recognize that inner happiness and a real sense of fulfillment cannot come through organizing outer circumstances; they must well up from within the depths of consciousness itself.