I’ll have to see where this post takes me before I title it. I am not sure what my stance is on the Dalai Lama recently stating that it is time for humanity to let go of, or go beyond religion. Usually in writing things out, I find my truth. S0 here goes.
For the most part I think that what the Dalai Lama was taling about is very much in line with what Sri Krishna said in the Bhagavad-Gita when he said basically that the Ultimate was to go beyond even the Vedas, and therefore religion. (Curse me for not being able to cite specific verses in my chosen sacred text!) It is one of the key things that makes Hinduism, in this case refered to as Sanatana Dharma (the eternal religion) so universal.
The problem is that not all of us are at that point and it is not time for everyone to drop their own chosen path. But I think the Dalai Lama was correct in that we have reached a point in overall spiritual evolution as a species where we will see a general shift toward shedding of the scriptures that are held dear to all religions of the world. Many will see this as a travesty. But even the attachment to the chosen sacred books themselves keeps one tied down to this material world. Attachment to sacred ceremony can be just as harmful. But for some, such ceremony is required for the development of the Self in it’s current form.
I would recommend maintaining your daily routine of reading your sacred scripture of choice and performing daily ablutions, etc., if you feel that is best. But know that the first step in moving beyond is to put the sacred words into action. Jnana Yoga (wisdom) leads to Karma Yoga (action) and we make that action an expression of Bhakti (devotion). It will be a natural process, I think, and I don’t think that the Dalai Lama’s words were necessarily a call for any specific change in our behaviors. Just perceptions.
We’ve already long ago begun the process. It was called Humanism, and it developed centuries ago. Though it was more of a form of wisdom than devotion, I think the advent of Humanism was the first step in a spiritual evolution which will one day lead us to a natural devotion which we will live through our understanding, and our actions which come from said understanding.
So, yes, I think I agree with the Dalai Lama.