Religion & Spirituality

How are They Different?

Religion versus Spirituality

It has become quite popular in recent years to distinguish between religion and spirituality. For most people religion is as far as they go to explore the connection of human life with infinity. For a spiritualist, there is no limitation.

 

Consider this:
Religion is an institution established by man for various reasons like exert control, instill morality, stroke egos. Organized or structured religions believe that they have a “patent” on God and each one tries to sell the concept to everyone else with a zeal that supersedes rationality or commonsense. Spirituality is born in a person and develops in the person. It may be kick started by a religion, or by a revelation and extends to all facets of a person’s life. Spirituality is chosen while religion is often times forced.

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 1.50.54 AMTrue spirituality is something that is found deep within oneself. It is also the mother and father of natural morality. It is your way of loving, accepting and relating to the world and beings around you. It cannot be found in a church, a temple or a mosque by believing in a certain way. Having said that, I must confess that I have met a number of very religious people who happen to be brilliant in so many ways. I have seen kindness, compassion and sparkling intelligence everywhere. Therefore, there is no one path that is right or wrong. Things go wrong when our blind faith becomes so powerful that we don’t mind throwing stones at others and disrespecting their way of life.

 

Consider the following in favor of a spiritual path:

  • There is not one religion, but dozens
  • There is only one type of spirituality
  • Religion is for those who want to continue rituals and the formality
  • Spirituality is for those who want to reach the Spiritual Ascent without dogmas
  • Religion is for those who are asleep
  • Spirituality is for those who are awake
  • Religion is for those that require guidance from others
  • Spirituality is for those that lend ears to their inner voice
  • Religion has a dogmatic and unquestionable assembly of rules that need to be followed without question
  • Spirituality invites you to reason it all, to question it all and to decide your actions and assume the consequences
  • Religion threatens and terrifies
  • Spirituality gives you inner peace
  • Religion speaks of sin and of fault
  • Spirituality encourages learning from mistakes and improving
  • Religion represses humanity, and returns us to a false paradigm
  • Spirituality transcends it all and makes you true to yourself
  • Religion is instilled from childhood, like the soup you do not you want to taste
  • Spirituality is the food that you seek, that satisfies you and is pleasant to the senses
  • Religion treats mortal body as sinful
  • Spirituality treats it as a vehicle for higher experience
  • Religion invents
  • Spirituality discovers
  • Religion does not investigate and does not question
  • Spirituality questions everything
  • Religion is based on humanity, an organization with rules
  • Spirituality is DIVINE, WITHOUT rules
  • Religion is the cause for division
  • Spirituality is the cause for union
  • Religion seeks you so that you create
  • Spirituality causes you to seek
  • Religion continues the teachings of a sacred book
  • Spirituality seeks the sacredness in all the books
  • Religion feeds fear
  • Spirituality feeds confidence
  • Religion lives in your thoughts
  • Spirituality lives in your conscience
  • Religion is in charge of the “to DO”
  • Spirituality is in charge of the “to BE”
  • Religion feeds the ego
  • Spirituality makes you transcend
  • Religion is adoration and submission
  • Spirituality is meditation
  • Religion is to continue adapting to the psychology of a template
  • Spirituality is individuality
  • Spirituality makes you live it here and now
  • Religion dreams of glory and paradise
  • Spirituality lives in the present, in the here and now
  • Religion lives in the past and in the future
  • Spirituality is LIBERTY in AWARENESS
  • Religion lives in the confinement of your memory
  • Religion believes in the eternal life
  • Spirituality makes you conscious of all that is
  • Religion gives you promises for the after-life
  • Spirituality gives you the light to find God in your inner self, in this life, in the present, in the here and the now…

Reference Source:
(2010) Religion vs. Spirituality: What’s The Difference?
Viewed on PreventDisease.com website Jan 8/03.
http://preventdisease.com/news/10/092910_religion_spiritualty.shtml

 

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