1Ben N = "Swami Chinmayananda answers questions about Vedanta philosophy and Indian society. He talks about the Hindu caste system as a "degenerate" form of a naturally existing order. He points out that the insights of Vedanta are universally applicable, and people of every religion can use them to experience the transcendent Divine. The most important insight offered here is the discussion of rationalism and mysticism. Swamiji compares reason and science to a flower, and Vedanta (or the mystical core of every religion) as the fruit that emerges from it. In other words, reason and science are a necessary stage of the evolution of human consciousness, but not the final stage. "