SPIRITUAL or RELIGIOUS


Religion - Religious


Religion means faith, way to worship and rituals to show devotion towards one God or more than one Gods and its accepted code of conduct.

The rules or principles of a particular Religion are applicable to the follower personally and collectively as a cult or a Sampradaya.

The rules and precepts of the religion descend right from the time of the formation of the religion. In almost all religions, the precepts never get modified. 

Followers are normally being frightened of serious consequences for breach of code and practices.

All the rules, precepts and rituals are attested by the respective books of the religion. 

The religion promises the followers about assimilation with the God.

The followers show themselves as religious by performing prayers, worship and the rituals.

Every religion has its institutional framework and its authorities. The religious authorities generally conduct in a benedictory fashion and promise the welfare and salvation of the followers.

Those who follow the religion very strictly have been seen ignoring respect for others' faith leading to communal violence. This is the reason, it is believed that religion is the single most cause of most violent conflicts.

Generally, a child automatically adopts the religion of the family and even when it is legally allowed, very rarely people opt for another religion.

Most people believe themselves as following a particular religion but seldom they know how far their personal beliefs are in harmony with the said religion.

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Spirituality - Spiritualist

The knowledge and practices that help us in evolving by expanding our cognitive capabilities and sense of comprehension and enhance our experience of living, is called Spirituality.

This knowledge must be able to enhance our present being and not just be exciting our fantasies.

Spirituality extends individual liberty and emphasize upon personal exploration and experimentation.

In case the spiritual precepts are not followed, it is possible that the envisaged benefits may not be attained. 

However, alike religion, in spirituality, too, there are dangers and drawbacks associated with its institutionalized form. 
 
  • Here also, the institute or cult leaders propagate dangers about giving up the following or even for just not having spiritual approach in life e.g.,  :
  • Loads and heaps of past accumulated karma
  • Life is full of miseries and sorrows
  • Birth and Death is a vicious circular loop
  • World and life is an illusion
  • Relationship is an attachment
  • Souls are ignorant and embedded with Sins etc.
  • It is possible that following the exaggerated claims about the supremacy of the practices of the group, the followers may get frustrated with the low rewards.

Spirituality is a path of self-reliance. Everyone has to work for oneself. No one can gift a spiritual attainment. 

  • However, alike religion, in spiritual field, too, there are Godmen who promises shortcuts in the name of 'descend of grace' or 'awakening of Kundlini' etc.
  • Symbols, Secret codes, Mantras and Special procedures and methods are advocated in spirituality, as well.
Spirituality is a matter of personal preference and it cannot go with the family as is the case with following of religion.

  • However, in spirituality, too we can see a large number of people following their friends or joining some or the other spiritual group to project their 'Noble' image in the society. Over a time, spiritual groups are also followed on family basis. 
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