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He seeks for support outside to escape from the freezing fear and isolation. He clings to nature, to his neighbours, or to anything. Frightened of life, he huddles together with others. The present nervousness of mankind, where fear is the pervasive element of consciousness, where we are always taking precautions, avoiding entanglements, where life is always on the defensive, where man has lost his community with nature and man, is another name for spiritual death. The world in which we live to-day, the world of incessant fear (bhayd] and violence (himsa\ of wars and rumours of wars, where we are afraid of everything, suspect mines under our feet, snipers in thickets, poison in the air we breathe and the very food we eat, is nothing but the ordinary life of ignorance hurried up, intensified, and exaggerated.
Are divided from our real nature, cut off from the uni- We We by our egoistic impulses and separatist tenRodin ha created that wonderful statue called The Thinker^ the striking figure of a man sitting with his head bent, his eyes staring out into space, his brows wrinkled with thought, his face furrowed with suffering and tense with versal in us dencies. THE HINDU VIEW 43 concentration, and looking at ... what ? Looking down the ages, age after age, world after world, he finds man advancing along the corridors of time, trying to control his difficult, discordant, divided self and asking, Shall we never escape from this division ?
VI i . Hinduism adopts a rationalist attitude in the matter of religion. It tries to study the facts of human life in a scientific spirit, of not only the obvious facts, the triumphs and defeats sleep in spiritual unconsciousness, but the facts men who THE WORLD'S UNBORN SOUL 21 life's depths. Religion is not so much a revelation to be attained by us in faith as an effort to unveil the deepest layers of man's being and get into enduring contact with them. of The religions of the world can be distinguished into those which emphasize the object and those which insist on experience.