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Spirituality is beyond Religion! - A great speech by Shri AasaanJi!!
The Difference Between Spirituality and Religion – And Why It Matters in Today’s World
James Martin SJ thinks not, and in an extract from his popular book, The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything , he explains why religion should not be dismissed so readily. Everybody seems to be spiritual these days — from your college roommate, to the person in the office cubicle next to yours, to the subject of every other celebrity interview. Which would have surprised many thinking believers, like St. Religion is narrow-minded and prejudicial — so goes the thinking — stifling the growth of the human spirit. Which would have surprised St.
Ghandi said it quite succinctly, I believe. Religion, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices. In other words, if you actively follow a particular religion, you adhere to its rules, you practice its rituals and you usually though not always associate with other members of the same religion. Many of us grew up with religion as part of our family culture. Depending largely on where you were born, you called yourself a Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist, etc. Often with no real understanding of what the term meant.
The temple of the most high begins with the human body, which houses our life, essence of our existence. Africans are in bondage today because they approach spirituality through Religion provided by foreign invaders and conquerors. We must stop confusing religion and spirituality. Religion is a set of rules, regulations and rituals created by humans which were supposed to help people grow spiritually. Due to human imperfection religion has become corrupt, political, divisive and a tool for power struggle. Spirituality is not theology or ideology.
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Clearly many people feel that the two are not synonymous. As beared out by recent public polls in the United States, which insist that there is a discrepancy between being spiritual and religious. Many more people categorize themselves as spiritual than those that see themselves as religious. A person can be fiercely committed to performing religious rituals to the tee, without feeling any inner spirituality. Conversely, many people feel that they can aspire to spirituality — defined by an ethereal, transcendent experience — without having to perform any rituals at all. By no means does this suggest that the two, spirituality and religion, are mutually exclusive. Many people clearly see themselves as both spiritual and religious.
There are so many religions in today's society, especially in the United States. People lead spiritual lives and have their own reasons to do so. Religion and spirituality are inseparably close, and it is sometimes hard to distinguish between the two. However, they do not have to be one and the same. A person can be spiritual without being religious.