All said and done the message of the sacred text (I am talking Hindu sacred texts) is that we are all one and we can find Him in everyone. That’s my take. Given this and practising this, one would find Nirvana, Peace, Realization or whatever you want to call it. So it doesn’t make sense to put a great deal of time into studying these texts, is it? Ha, I haven’t read any of these texts such as the Vedas, Upanishads, etc. However I did read a concise version of the Upanishads by Eknath Eswaran and one other book on the same subject by another author. I was talking about the same thing with another friend of mine last weekend and asked the same question. His reply was ‘How do you know that?’ and to know that we need to study these materials. It is hard to believe that one has to devote so much time to get this simple message. After all, the rest of the non-Hindu world doesn’t even study the Vedas or the Upanishads but many of them have got the same message, right? Look at the American constitution. The founding fathers proclaimed in there that there should be fairness and justice for all. Isn’t this the same message? It doesn’t take much learning to realize this. There could be other hidden truths in these scriptures – I will only know when I study them, but for now my motivation to study them and invest the time is pretty low. Maybe I should seek out a learned man and ask him this same question and see if he can convince me. If you have thoughts about the question, feel free to post/comment – any thoughts are welcome. I need to add, I have a deep background in Yoga and the Yamas and Niyamas outline the basis for a principled life and out of the practice comes the thought that there is the One in oneself and it is upto the adept to discover that through practice, meditation, etc.