Religion usually involves following to a certain dogma or belief system. Spirituality places little importance on such beliefs but is concerned with experiencing the divine consciousness.
Religion is for those who are asleep. Spirituality is for those who are awake.
Religion is often concerned with virtue or sin, and a concept of a God who rewards punishes. The spiritual approach to God is through the path of love. This is a love where there’s no judgment — only acceptance.
Religion dreams of glory and paradise. Spirituality makes you live it here and now.
Religion talks of God as being high in the heavens. At times God can seem far from the reach of humanity. Spirituality shows us that God is omniscient and omnipresent and can be felt like a living presence in our own heart.
Religion places more importance on outer forms and outer rituals. Spirituality is less concerned with outer rituals. Spirituality says that what’s important is a seeker’s inner attitude. Through practicing spirituality, we seek to develop an inner shrine in our own heart.
A spiritual person knows that there’s only one truth and they’re in fact in charge of their evolution and destiny. They also know that nothing is written and all our futures are shaped by our desires and the power of our minds.
True spirituality is something that’s found deep within oneself. It’s your way of loving, accepting and relating to the world and people around you. It can’t be found in a place of worship or by believing in a certain way.
Religion is spiritual and spirituality is religious. But you can only understand if you understand the real essence of religion.
One inclines to be more personal and private while the other tends to include public rituals and organized principles. The lines between one and the other aren’t clear and distinct — they’re all points on the range of belief systems.
Neither religion nor spirituality is healthier or shoddier than the other; people who believe such differences are only fooling themselves.