I will never forget the remark which a Hindu friend of mine once made, from Madras, Tamil Nadu. We had been speaking for an hour about Adwaita, Dwaita, Nirguna, Saguna... etc., etc., Prakriti, Purusha, all of these exotic, theological, metaphysical terms, ... the vocabulary of Shankaracharya, Madhava, Janeshwar.
When suddenly my friend stopped, looked at me and said:
"You know, if we were back in Tamil Nadu, I could take you to places where there are hundreds of people who exist by scavaging garbage dumps for scraps of metal and cloth.
Whenever a religious feast comes, they attend, they dance, they sing, they help prepare food, and eat the food. But they are illiterate and cannot discuss or understand even one of our theological concepts.
Thats when it hit me, that if Religion is anything, it must be Religion for those people too.
But western man, steeped in intellect, ornate grammer, convoluted rhetoric and logic, specialized technical vocabularies,.....
Well, we construct for ourselves, we fabricate a spiritual world which becomes for us very real, perhaps more real than reality itself..
AND THAT IS NOT NECESSARILY A BAD THING FOR MODERN MAN.