Richard L. Rubenstein spent a weekend with the late Swami Muktananda at his American Ashram, where the guru gave him this advice:
You mustn’t believe in your own religion; I don’t believe in mine. Religions are like the fences that hold young saplings erect. Without the fence the sapling could fall over. When it takes firm root and becomes a tree, the fence is no longer needed. However, most people never lose their need for the fence.