Religion Vs. Spirituality: The Truth And Meaning

religion versus spirituality

Religion usually entails adhering to a certain dogma or belief system. Spirituality places little importance on intellectual beliefs but is concerned with growing into and experiencing the divine consciousness.

Religion is for those who are asleep. Spirituality is for those who are awake.

Religion is often concerned with sin, guilt and a concept of a God who punishes. The spiritual approach to God is through the path of love. This is a love where there is 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 aspiring 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 emphasis on outer forms and outer rituals. Spirituality is less concerned with outer rituals. Spirituality says that what is important is a seeker’s inner attitude. Through practicing spirituality we seek to develop an inner shrine in our own heart.

Spiritual person knows that there is only one truth and they are in fact in charge of their own 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 is 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 tends to be more personal and private while the other tends to incorporate public rituals and organized doctrines. The lines between one and the other are not clear and distinct—they’re all points on the spectrum of belief systems. Neither religion nor spirituality is better or worse than the other; people who try to pretend that such a difference does exist are only fooling themselves.

One thought on “Religion Vs. Spirituality: The Truth And Meaning

  1. I would say religion is like a University and spirituality is like the education you get in a university.

    Your view kind of lowers the value of religion (atleast I felt so). You said religion concentrates on external while spirituality internal. This is not correct. It is a pseudo spirituality which concentrates on internal alone. For example, One has to eat, to maintain his body. For him to eat, they need hardwork of a farmer. If this so called spiritual fellow does not add to the life of farmer, what good is he? The ancient view of spirituality always insisted on harmonious way of approach – one of your earlier articles suggested the “balance”. You can see this in Gita’s roar to fight for dharma or Jesus’s call to love thy neighbours (how do you love? By externally acting). This is required. This is brought by religion. The thing that religion brings is spirituality. So, it’s like Sun and its light. You can not seperate both and speak individually!


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