and religion difference between religion and spirituality
The difference between Spirituality
and religion is the most often asked question on the net. For a layman both seem
to be the same. All one has learnt since childhood is going to a temple, mosque
or a church for praying to God. What other purpose can religion have for one who
is ignorant of different facets of religion? One inherently follows Religious
practices from the start. One may be born a Hindu
but may be a strong believer of Christianity. Why does one change over?
If religion provides
succor to one: why the dissatisfaction while following one religion? Is there
something beyond the mundane, that we cannot see? Why one needs to go to a church,
temple or mosque and pray
to god? If we do not follow the religious practices ... shall we be
doomed to die a terrible death?
What if I do not want to follow any religion at all? Live a lively Life with compassion
for all beings. Why would God
bring me death if I do not commit any sin?
all the religions of the World, the presence of a higher power within us, our
the soul within is accepted. No dispute on this issue, what is the nature of atman
the soul within. None has seen this spirit,
the most powerful source of energy in the Cosmos, much more mightier than the
biggest of Suns and Stars in the Brahmaand
(Cosmos). Study of this spirit (our soul atman the spirit within Atman, The Soul
Within) and of the mightiest of all the Spirits (GOD ... the Almighty
Creator of the cosmos) is what Spirituality
is all about.
Spirituality is that aspect of Life of a Jiva
(Manifested Life of an Atman, The Soul Within), which forms the core of all Life
on Mother Earth. Without Spirituality, religion cannot survive. Spirituality can
survive without religion.
3600 years before when there existed no religion, Humanity existed. How did people
live without guidance from religion? How did these persons live as Buddha,
Christ and Prophet
Mohammed had not yet been born? What of following the religion, which
gradually evolved as a following of these Spiritual
Buddha, Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohammed were not religious but Spiritual Masters
of their time. Their following is known as a religion. Followers of Buddha practice
... the eight fold path. The followers of Jesus, the Christians study Bible, the
doctrine administered by Jesus Christ and his associate disciples. Prophet Mohammed
preached what is contained in Qoran, the sacred document of the followers of Islamic
Followers of Jaina
doctrine are known as Jains. Jains are never known as
followers of 24th Tirthankar Mahavira who strongly advocated that
Being is imbibed with the power to become a Mahavira
like him. Jaina Philosophy is unique in itself that Jain word is
derived from 'Jina'... One who has won his real self, one who "Realizes"
GOD in his Lifetime. Followers of this doctrine and what Mahavira
and the earlier 23 Tirthankars preached is what we know as 'Jainism'.
religion broadly is study of and following that is laid down in the scriptures
for improving our level of Life. To live a Life full of moral values and ethical
is delving deep into the inner domain of self
... studying scriptures to know atman the soul within and GOD (The Almighty Creator).
Followers of Spirituality without exception are after the absolute truth. They
do not hanker after fleeting and temporary pleasures of Life. Seekers of Spirituality
live a contended Life where as religious followers believe more in pleasing one
GOD after another to seek their material wants fulfilled in the present manifestation.
and religion: difference religion and spirituality, esoteric and
seeker never seeks bodily pleasures for self and family nor makes material pursuits
as goal of Life.
One is not attached to the body of the master but to what he has to preach.
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