Why Spirituality is a way of life lead towards enlightenment
Why Spirituality is a way of life lead towards enlightenment
December 20, 2011
from PreventDisease Website
Spirituality is not about a religion. Neither is it about gods and rituals.
Spirituality is a principled way of life; it’s an attitude.
Religion is an institution established by man for various reasons:
…or whatever it does.
Organized, structured religions all but remove god from the equation. You confess your sins to a clergy member, go to elaborate churches to worship, told what to pray and when to pray it.
All those factors remove you from god.
Spirituality is born in a person and develops in the person. It may be kick started by a religion, or it may be kick started by a revelation. Spirituality extends to all facets of a person’s life. Spirituality is chosen while religion is often times forced.
True spirituality is something that is found deep within oneself. It is your way of loving, accepting and relating to the world and people around you. It cannot be found in a church or by believing in a certain way.
Consider the following in favor of the spiritual path:
There is not one religion, but hundreds
There is only one type of spirituality
Religion is for those who want to continue rituals and the formality
Spirituality is for those who want to reach the Spiritual Ascent without dogmas
Religion is for those who are asleep
Spirituality is for those who are awake
Religion is for those that require guidance from others
Spirituality is for those that lend ears to their inner voice
Religion has a dogmatic and unquestionable assembly of rules that need to be followed without question
Spirituality invites you to reason it all, to question it all and to decide your actions and assume the consequences
Religion threatens and terrifies
Spirituality gives you inner peace
Religion speaks of sin and of fault
Spirituality encourages “living in the present” and not to feel remorse for which has already passed. Lift your spirit and learn from errors
Religion represses humanity, and returns us to a false paradigm
Spirituality transcends it all and makes you true to yourself
Religion is instilled from childhood, like the soup you do not you want to take
Spirituality is the food that you you seek, that satisfies you and is pleasant to the senses
Religion is not God
Spirituality is infinite consciousness and all that is. It is God
Religion does not investigate and does not question
Spirituality questions everything
Religion is based on humanity, an organization with rules
Spirituality is DIVINE, WITHOUT rules
Religion is cause for division
Spirituality is cause for union
Religion seeks you so that you create
Spirituality causes you to seek
Religion continues the teachings of a sacred book
Spirituality seeks the sacredness in all the books
Religion is fed fear
Spirituality is fed confidence
Religion lives you in your thoughts
Spirituality lives in your conscience
Religion is in charge of the “to do”
Spirituality is in charge of the “to BE”
Religion is a dialectic
Spirituality is logic
Religion feeds the ego
Spirituality makes you transcend
Religion makes you renounce yourself to the world
Spirituality makes you live with God, not to renounce Him
Religion is adoration
Spirituality is meditation
Religion is to continue adapting to the psychology of a template
Spirituality is individuality
Religion dreams of glory and paradise
Spirituality makes you live it here and now
Religion lives in the past and in the future
Spirituality lives in the present, in the here and now
Religion lives in the confinement of your memory
Spirituality is LIBERTY in AWARENESS
Religion believes in the eternal life
Spirituality makes you conscious of all that is
Religion gives you promises for the after-life
Spirituality gives you the light to find God in your inner self, in this life, in the present, in the here and the now
There are a dozen attributes to life, to building a positive attitude, embedded in the very word ‘Spirituality’.
Each letter of the word ‘spirituality’ has a representing meaning.
‘S’ stands for Seva, to think beyond yourself and reach out to others. Seva is to be selfless in your thoughts and way of life. Most of us are sevikas or sevaks in some form or other; for we know that the joy of giving is far greater than the joy of receiving.
‘P’ signals two aspects, the first of which is the passage of life. None of us are immortal.
So on this passage of life as William Penn, the poet wrote,
“I expect to pass through the life but once, if there be any kindness I can show, let me do it now, as I shall not pass this way once again.”
And even as you do so, please do it with a sense of perseverance for perseverance can move mountains. So run your own race in very act of life.
Moving on to the three ‘I’s in the word ‘spirituality’, these reflect three distinct values.
Integrity, Inner Voice and Inspire – be inspired and inspire others.
Integrity is character. Inner voice is the stairway to spirituality as it always goads you to do what is right, to live by one’s conscience and by values. Following this stretch is inspirational for you and others as well.
‘R’ is to learn to smell the roses on your way. Being positive is so restorative. You will never feel that you are ever in the midst of a storm. Every situation can then be faced with equanimity and fortitude. For one knows that this, too, shall pass.
‘T’ stands for transcendence, so transcend with inner reflection, meditation, yoga, self-control and compassion. The second ‘T’ says, if you practice these creative ways of looking at life, you will surely attain tranquility and be at peace with yourself.
‘U’ is all about the universality and oneness of humankind. On realizing this, increasingly you are able to brush aside prejudices. Differences cease to matter. Aren’t each one of us just a speck in the universe?
‘A’ is for acceptance. Accept yourself and others unconditionally. ‘A’ also entails the total negation of arrogance, and with humility being the ACE in your chosen field.
And this brings us to the letter ‘L’ that reminds you to have the largeness of heart to remember only the goodness of people and blanket out any pain or hurt that is encountered in varying degrees of relationships. The past and future are of no relevance as we cannot control or predict either. Most important, learn to travel light. The Moment is now. Life is too short, so cherish every moment.
‘T’, the second last letter in spirituality, stands for Trust.
Something that Steve Jobs would say:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
And finally – ‘Y’ – the last letter, stands for You – and for me, too. Only YOU can make this happen.
May peace, happiness and universal love continue growing in your heart.
You are all that is.