"Religions have influenced both individuals and nations, and have inspired some of the world's most beautiful art, architecture, literature, and music... Knowledge about religions is not only a characteristic of an educated person but is absolutely necessary for understanding and living in a world of diversity."
- 1998 Position Statement of the National Council for the Social Studies
Liṅga from the Śaiva pilgrimage center in Auṇḍa-nāganātha in Maharashtra, India, dedicated a jyotirliṅga (liṅga of light). Photograph by Benjamin J. Fleming.