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7 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY

EVEN ATHEISTS WANT TO BE SPIRITUAL.

Religion is an organized form of worship and spirituality can be achieved by various means, be it individual or communal. These are two streams toward a common objective most people strive to achieve – enlightenment.

They are not the only ones and there are other ways that have been tried successfully – meditation, breath control (pranayama), karma yoga (path of selfness service).  However, religion and spirituality are two most common philosophical tenets that are and have been debated in the society.

In the end it all comes down to kindness and acceptance.

7 Differences Between Religion And Spirituality

chopra01A lot of people mistake Spirituality for Religion or some mysterious, supernatural occurrence. If we move past this and try to study and understand what spirituality actually is, we’ll come to a realization that it is nothing mysterious or supernatural nor in any way connected to a sect of any kind.

These 7 differences between Religion and Spirituality will help you understand what Spirituality actually is.

Religion Makes You Bow – Spirituality Sets You Free

Religion tells you to follow an ideology and obey certain rules or you’ll be punished otherwise. Spirituality lets you Follow Your Heart and What You Feel It’s Right. It sets you free to be what you truly are without bowing to anything that doesn’t resonate as right with you nor to anyone because we are all one. It is all up to you to choose what you’ll honor enough to make it divine

Religion Shows You Fear – Spirituality Shows You How to Be Brave

Religion tells you what to fear and tells you consequences. Spirituality makes you aware of the consequences but doesn’t want you to focus on the fear. It shows you how to act on love and not on fear, it shows you how to control fear and use the best of it.

Religion Tells You The Truth – Spirituality Lets You Discover It

Religion tells you what to believe and what is right. Spirituality lets you discover it by yourself and understand it in your own unique way. It lets you Connect With Your Higher Self and see with your own mind what truth is because the truth as a whole is same for each one of us.

Religion Separates from Other Religions – Spirituality Unites Them

Spirituality sees the truth in all of them and unites them because the truth is same for all of us despite our differences and uniqueness.

Religion Makes You Dependent – Spirituality Makes You Independent

We are always where we need to be. Divinity is in us and that is why we are always worthy.

Religion Applies Punishment – Spirituality Applies Karma

Religion says that if we don’t obey certain rules there is punishment that awaits us which relies on our belief. Spirituality lets us understand that every action has its reaction and realize that the punishment of our actions will be the reaction coming from the actions we set in motion.

Religion Makes You Follow Other Journey – Spirituality Lets You Create Your Own

The foundation of one religion is the story it tells about a God or Gods, their journey to enlightenment and the truth they have discovered making you follow their steps. Spirituality lets you Walk Your Own Journey to Enlightenment and discover the truth in your own way following what your heart tells it’s right because the truth is always the same no matter how you get to it.

Source: The Open Mind

 

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