Each individual must reprocess his tradition in the light of his own experiences; some merely pass it on, while others change it… Any process of re-creation thus involves a rejection of some aspect of the inherited past as it does a reinvention or revitalisation of others. The problem of tradition can be solved if we see it as the basis of our own realisation, not if we regard it as the sole custodian of ultimate truth. Tradition can guide us, but merely repeating what we have inherited will not suffice. We have to add to it, to grow beyond it, to discover our own truths. Tradition is, indeed, the repository of truth, but it does not restrict or close truth’s domain. In fact, it yields itself only to someone who undertakes the discipline to understand it. Thus, tradition is renewed; and unless such renewal takes place periodically, tradition is lost. Like a path on which no one walks anymore, it will be covered with weeds and brambles.
Excerpts from: Why Traditions Must Evolve To Stay Relevant by Makarand Paranjape