RELIGION IS LIKE ALPHABOARD
This alphabet board which I use may be given to a child to make him begin to learn the ABCs. But if he merely learns the alphabet without any efforts at proceeding further, he will learn practically nothing. It is the same in religion. The shariat, doctrines and dogmas are given as a preliminary beginning – like the alphabet – to reach the ultimate aim of the Realization of the Truth. After one learns to master the fundamentals, one advances; but if a person merely sticks to religious ceremonies and rituals and believes that religion is that alone, then he does not advance at all. God and Truth are far, far above shariyat – doctrines and dogmas, ceremonies and rituals.
Shariyat or doctrines of religion is like alpha board for Common man. Further these fundamentals of ABC can make one to advance on spiritual path leaving behind alpha board.