A religious leader emphasised that the accurate formulation of religious teaching was absolutely necessary for clarity of thought and uniformity of practice. Himself a scholar of the scriptures, he said he had devoted his entire life to their study and critical analysis.

“You have mastered the art of analysing the words of the joke, but you have forgotten the delight of laughter,” the sage said. “You can never hope to understand the monsoon by analysing raindrops.”

(Francis J Padinjarekara: The Ocean in the Dewdrop, de Mello Publications, 2010.)

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