Religious forms and ceremonies as well as rituals and injunctions of different creeds and spiritual institutions have a tendency to encourage the spirit of love and worship.
As such they are helpful to a limited extent in wearing out the ego-shell in which human consciousness is caught.
But if they are unintelligently and mechanically followed, the inner spirit of love and worship gets dried up. Then they only result in hardening the ego-shell rather than wearing it out.
——-AVATAR MEHER BABA
[Source- Discourses by Meher Baba, volume-I, p-112 (Copyright ©1967 by Adi K. Irani, King’s Rd., Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India]