Pure Religion is really an arena of resolution because when you see that real spirituality and religion is based on experience and not on ideology, not on belief—belief does play a role, but it's only to be helpful, not to be the ultimate because there are no ultimate beliefs.
Why Is war waged in the name of religion? Why does religion become what it has become over time? And even in present time, where in certain parts of the world there is real war waged in its name? We're still living in this religion-as-war state.
Religion is important, particularly in giving people a beginning structure within which to work, which includes a spiritual practice, a spiritual understanding, hopefully a very beneficial way of looking at the world a new understanding of yourself and the fact that you're here evolving spiritually, that you're not merely a sinner that is trying to please God so you'll be saved.
It is not enough to believe in God. It is not enough to adhere to the teachings of your tradition, if you have a tradition. It is not enough to follow the prescriptions given in the scriptures. These things do not guarantee the true life...