Before starting I would like to appreciate you for asking such a salient question which often confuses us and many what actually Spirituality feels like and how it differs from Religion. We often grow up with religion and usually without thinking and reasoning we accept it. Spirituality is in a broader sense and it takes a lot to understand; often people tend to think of spirituality as something very strange and mysterious. The truth of the matter is that spirituality is perhaps the most natural thing there is: it is simply our own conscious self-recognizing that we are more than just a body, that we are a soul with infinite potential.
I would like to make it ease in understanding by listing the few basic things:
-Spirituality simply lets us follow our own heart, it encourages us to listen to our intuition and do what is right for ourselves and others around us. It is not based on any kind of fear like fear of the consequences of our actions, fear of what might happen after we die if we don’t live our life accordingly. Rather than spirituality focus mainly on love, we do good because simply we love it and love the feeling that comes in our heart when we had shown kindness and compassion towards others. It encourages us to focus all of our energy only on the good, and to act only based on love.
-Religion tells us what truth is and false but spirituality let us to go deep inside us to discover it As opposed to telling us in black and white how the universe was created and why we are here, Spirituality lets us discover these questions and answers for ourselves. It empowers us to find our own truth in all things and sets no limits to how deep we can go in understanding all there is to know. Also spirituality is feeling like we all are same no matter how different or unique we are. It is based on believing in quality of the divine message the religious people share and not on the differences in details of the story they speak.
-And at last, as I mentioned above spirituality is not based on fear like what will we get after we die if we don’t live our life in a particular manner but it is based on Newton’s law that, every action does brings an equal reaction to it and often we called it as Karma which is the simple law of Attraction “you get what you give”
To summarize the notion of Spirituality is based on what Omnism stands that is “The belief that no religion is truth but the truth is found within them all”
Religion derives from spirituality. Spirituality can be the ambition to develop as a person, find answers to existential questions or just find comfort within yourself and around yourself. Anyone can be spiritual, even atheists. Religion on the other hand tends to be more organised and structured to a set of predetermined rules or guidelines. Religion also often involves some kind of belief in a holy entity, place or object. Buddhism, which do not talk much of this kind of belief, might be the exception to this, but most would say it's more of a philosophy than religion. A religion also has to have a certain number of followers for it to be called a religion, which makes it more of a collective and social thing than what spirituality can be. You can be spiritual in the exact same way as someone who is religious, but you can also stay spiritual as an individual, without the conformity from others.
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April 1st, 2018 4:23am
Both spirituality and religion address concerns and beliefs that transcend the physical/material world and aim to provide people with an added layer of meaning to life. However, spirituality tends to be a more broad term, while religion tends to be more rigid. While religions require adherents to follow certain rules, accept dogma, and perform certain rituals, spirituality does not require this.
there are many ways to answer this question. one of them is that religion is about rules and has a specific place within a set of adopted and agreed upon beliefs. spirituality is a bit more broad, in that it is about acknowledging the spiritual component of life. what they have in common is they help people to feel they have meaning and that life has meaning
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