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; and as such, they are to a limited extent helpful 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; and then they only result in hardening the ego-shell rather than wearing it out.
Therefore, rituals and ceremonies cannot carry a man very far on the Path: and if they are unintelligently followed, they create as much binding as any other unintelligent action.
Discourses, vol 1,p116 ( e-book)
By Meher Baba
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