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The Importance of Spirituality

Namaskar.

For this Sunday morning's service at the Bhavani Shankar Mandir, I will be discussing Spirituality. 

There is a huge difference between being Religious and being Spiritual. Before I give you my thoughts, I'd like to hear from you.

How important is spirituality in one's life? What are some of the attributes of a Spiritual person.  Lets talk.

Pt. Hardat

7 Responses to “The Importance of Spirituality”
  • Radha says:

    Being spiritual means you place your faith and acts of personal belief
    in God and the guidance of your heart rather than the teachings
    of man or his religious doctrines .
    Being religious means you observe and worship God in the context
    of the practices and teachings of man and his places and religions
    of worship .
    Of course , both spiritual and religious people struggle with these
    different views . Some go one way or the other . Some never do .

  • Michelle says:

    There are definite differences between being 'spritual' and being 'religious'. I have taken the libery to observe many persons throughout my life, myself included,  and came up with this:
    Spirituality, or being spiritual, seems to be an intangible, deep rooted 'faith' that bears no specific structure, or gospel to compare its values to. The values one may have within can certaily vary and it realtive to the person. It's like a instinctual feeling of 'doing unto others' without the  teaching.
    Religious beings, howeer, seem to revert to more tangible means; teaching, cultural worship by performing physical acts that symbolize the intended prayer. Literature and statues are involved as reference and focus points.
    One can be spiritual on an island, all by themselves, with no contact with anyone, whereas being a religious person means they have opportunities to learn though a variety of cultural interactions.
    We can definately be both, as the two do mesh well.  :)

  • Raja says:

     
    Religion implies that only certain rules will bring about peace of mind,  Only one path.  Spirituality will get you to the same destination on the path of your choice.

  • Michelle says:

     
    Being religious, in my opinion and observation, is a more tangible and taught behavior. It is culturally specific, learned set of examples that illustrate a specific teaching. Involved are various cultural means of worship using items to symbolize those ideals.
    Spirituality seems to be a feeling that is within someone instinctually, and not tanglible or taught. It spans beyond specific cultural values. A person who might be alone on an island with no contact with other civilations can be spiritual, but may not be religious.
    I believe that we can be both spiritual and religious simultaneously.

  • Sabrina says:

    Thich Naht Han is a famous monk from Plum Village who talks a lot about spirituality and mindfulness theory.  In particular, educators think about contemplative theory.
    Hanh talks about the importance of being mindful to what you are doing.  He writes in his book Peace Is Every Step about different types of practical meditations that help us to be mindful.  For example, he talks about telephone meditation, walking meditation, driving meditation, etc. 
    Also, Buber talks about the I-Thou concept , which has to do with how we connect with the world in terms of spirituality.
    Furthermore, in the Kuchipudi dance Tarangam, the dancer balances a pot of water on the head while dancing on the rims of a brass plate symbolizing mediation.  The pot symbolizes the burdens of the world and the plate symbolizes that we are grounded to the earth. 
    Spiritualness may be a type of way in which we behave.  We can behave as spiritual beings or as animals, but then again maybe even animals can be spiritual.
    Great topic for existentialists!

  • Anjani says:

    Being religious is prctising what one has been taught but, being spiritual is what one does to know the inner self.   The "self" is Shiva and we have to practice treating it as we would if the Lord is infront of us.  The eyes, ears, mouth, hands, legs all belong to the Lord so we need to use them as he would himself. 

  • I have read all the comments and find them to be very useful and helpful. I would just like to add that although being religious often seems to be following so called man made rules and being spiritual means following your heart, it seems to me that religious rituals when properly performed and explained and religious texts properly read and understood, are a wonderful vehicle for enhancing one’s spirituality. There are those who go through the motions of religious ritual for cultural and social reasons, and then there are those who are able to use these rituals to come closer to Bhagwan. As jiv atmas in physical bodies, or ownly means of expression is actionl. So, how can a “spiritual but not religious” person express his feelings towards Bhagwan without action. Even Lord Krishna in th Bhagavad Gita tells Arjun he must act, and the he (Krishna, Bhagawan Himself, who has no innate requirement for action) has come to earth to show people the need for action.

    In conclusion, I would say that, one can be religious without being spiritual, but one cannot truly be spiritual without being religious. The truly spiritual, if he has no specific knowledge of religion, will devise their own rituals perhaps God inspired. But that could lead them into trouble.

    So why reinvent the wheel? Find a good teacher or Guru and let him/her help you find the right path.

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