every religion the followers are divided into two classes, esoteric and
exoteric. The esoteric section are sufficiently spiritualized to
understand the prophet or the guru; and their number is very
small. As time rolls on, their number becomes still smaller and smaller
till it comes to nil. And as the number decreases, spiritual
adulteration increases till at last the truth is entirely lost sight
of, and the religion becomes irreligious. The followers now fight more
for the sake of the name of the religion than for the truth it teaches;
they fight more for the shadow than for the substance. They begin to
twist and torture the sacred injunctions laid down in the holy
scriptures and to serve their selfish ends, try to bring out a meaning
that these do not and cannot mean.
"The most astounding and inappropriate rites that are now associated
with our own religion are but results of flagrant violation of shastric
injunctions; and for this none but the present so-called gurus
or rather the spiritual babblers are mostly responsible."