Peace. my question is why have some people neglected essence/spirituality in religion upon which faith is built on and limit their focus on the exterior affairs in religion. Eventhough religion was meant to elevate spirituality as its the guideline that shapes and progresses our spirituality.
For instance,prayer,especially in Islam is meant to remind us and keep us consistent in worship and devotion to God. Zakat charity or alms giving was meant to enhance our spirituality by making us less attached to money/materialism, and teaches us to be considering and thoughtful to others and being less self centered. Fasting makes us mindful of God's blessings and teaches us gratitude , as well as gains us spiritual skills such as self control, resisting desire, striving, as well as patience and observance ( enabling us to gain self empowerment skills strengthening our spirituality).
Profound Hajj, which theme is simplicity, gives us the opportunity to appreciate and embrace universality and gives us a chance to take a break from worldly matters and emphasise on the hereafter and spirituality, as well as encounter and recognize diversity and value it, nhit also instills equality and humbleness as there is no distinguishments in Hajj. Even the dresscode for women to dress modestly and not apply excessive makeup is not to restrict her or oppress her, but sothat she doesnt shift people from seeking her because of her geniune character to running mainly after her [superficial] looks and features, so that she is valued properly.
Do you see the picture? Do you see how practice works to fulfil the purpose of spiritual growth? So why do some people seperate between religion and spirituality and vice versa, why do they regard religion as an obsticle in their way of spiritual growth. Have they not grasped that religion was meant to progress spirituality, why do they think they condtridict instead of compliment?
At the same time, practicing does not by any means imply being narrow minded, as a matter of fact a truth seeker should be sound in judgement , open minded and flexible-without comprimising values. P.S sorry for elongating, thanks for taking the time to read through.
i ask Allah the exalted to guide us, protect us and grant us His infinite Mercy.
Because they do??????!!
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 invents Spirituality discovers
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/her
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…
May peace, happiness and universal love continue growing in your heart.
answered 04 Jan '13, 08:57
Yes, there can be value in the essence of religions if you dig into them. But religion is not the only source of spiritual value. In fact there are many sources available today, if you are ready for them.
Personally i don't dig much into the essence of world religions anymore because
Imo the better question to ask would be:
Why does it bother you if some people neglects the spiritual essence in religion or not?
Why does it make you unhappy? Couldn't you just live your religion and let others believe what they want? That way you would be happy, which is your only motivation you want others to care about the spiritual essence in religions.
answered 04 Jan '13, 03:31
Good question my friend ... in short i would say that some people think religion and spirituality contradict because each religion is based on a set of well defined beliefs, each religion revealing a true path ... this creates a kind of spiritual cleavage. Religion in this sense is a limited spirituality, for me spirituality is unlimited and includes all that is immaterial ... peace :)
answered 04 Jan '13, 04:23
Because, religous people are giving away their power to something they don't know exists and are being controlled by religous organisations. True spiritual people keep their own power and are one with the universal energies and not controlled by anyone.
answered 04 Jan '13, 04:38
Yes, I do!
I grew up an agnostic, and one of the things that kept me away from religion, or spirituality of any kind, was the failure to observe the religious people that I knew practicing what they preached. People would go to church or temple on the weekend, and then act like jerks and do amoral things during the week.
Thus, for many years I was highly skeptical and disdainful of religion.
It was only after coming around to spirituality in my twenties that I began to appreciate what some of the old religions had to offer.
I could list plenty of other reasons why people are now mistrustful of religion (its use and abuse throughout history in wars, oppression, etc..), but I'm sure you know all those examples already. And of course none of that proves that religion is "bad", or has nothing to offer (and I believe the contrary), it simply answers your question as to why people are now making the separation.
And unfortunately, I must say, that even in my search for valuable religions today, I have been to a number of services, which have been, quite frankly, underwhelming. Every time I experience one of these, it kind of makes me think, "Ah ha, no wonder young people are becoming less religious when their parents are dragging them to these uninspired services!" I find a lot of religious officiants are just kind of going through the motions now.
That said, I have found some good ones here and there...they just seem to be hidden gems, "diamonds in the rough", if you will.
I think the central issue is that the direct mystical experience, which was originally the basis for all of the great religions, has been largely lost, and most "religious" people seem to be just going through the motions. If this is all people need, then good for them.
For better or for worse, I could never just "make myself believe" in a higher power, or the reality of the spirit, simply because a priest, reverend, rabbi, imam, or religious friend told me so. I needed to see/hear/feel some evidence through direct experience, and this I found was what the mystical traditions offered...such as Zen, Vedanta, Classical Yoga, Sufism, Kabbalah, etc.
I think the bottom line is that people will pursue a path or tradition that they get the most out of.
And, for the reasons stated above, and probably many more, fewer people today are being fulfilled spiritually through the major, standard religions.
This change could be do to a general shift (people are becoming more curious and savvy, and so they are pursuing a more direct spiritual experience), or perhaps the old religious organizations are atrophying, becoming stale--as happens to most large-scale organizations.
By way of comparison, check out an American Protestant sermon from the late 18th Century. Many of them were profound spiritual treatises exploring the very meaning of life and existence. Now walk into a few Protestant churches today and listen to their sermons. It's mostly fluffy uninspired nonsense, Reverends just going through the motions, reading a random passage from a book, and telling people what they want to hear.
Where are the Meister Eckharts, the St. Francises, the Ibn Arabis of today?
If they exist, I don't see them in the major religious organizations, with any sort of high-profile...and I've looked pretty hard. :)
I personally know one great Zen master who is of the ancient mold, but he is living humbly in utter obscurity in the mountains of New England, completely unknown to most of the world. Even mainstream Zen has become ossified and corporatized, much like the Catholic Church.
Hope that sheds some light on your question...from an extremely subjective point of view. :)
answered 04 Jan '13, 12:59
There are even churches that are against religion. This is not blasphemous, but as Jesus taught us to be. He himself broke religion, this was his mission, to show everyone that they too can know God on a very personal level, that he is not someplace out there judging us and we must sacrifice and please him. He is right here with me, and cares about me, even little things, as a Father and Best Friend.
This in no way diminishes God but actually reveals God's love for us.
Religion is the practice of ritual, regulations, standards and rules. It makes knowing God very difficult. Jesus taught us to know God personally, have a direct and personal relationship with God as our father and friend. This is far more important than how we dress for church or how many candles we light or if we don't light any candles at all.
Jesus broke it out down to two commandments. Love God with all your heart as he loves you and love your neighbor as yourself.
The rest is just learning to be Christ like.
I imagine for you it would be Mohamad like.
Here are some examples of Religion vs Spirituality, these are Jesus own examples from the Bible actually.
Religion don't eat pork, don't eat meat on Fridays.
Jesus what comes out of the mouth is far more important than what goes in the mouth.
Religion you must have an intercessor to go for you and talk to God for you, you are not pure enough to talk to God talk to a Priest or Rabbi
Jesus do you not know that the Kingdom of God is within you?
There are many examples in the Bible as a matter of fact that is one reason why the Rabbis were against Jesus because he stepped all over there traditional rituals, rules and regulations always.
religion is good when in truth. when it is not in truth but based on judgement or to satisfy someone ego, it is not spiritual anny more. the flesh is flesh and the spirit is spirit. that is why some people do not accept religion.because when religion is not in truth and becomes a judgement of undiscerned people seeking only the flesh or to praise them self and blame other a division is make,that is where the contradiction comes in. they make people suffer around them. verily verily i tell you many have entertain angel unaware. if they would have lifted the son of men that they are to go above they would have seen and know that he was telling the truth.
The prophet muhammad , peace be upon him, said if we were to never sin, Allah would have wiped us and came with people who sin but sincerely repent. This clearly demonstares that we are not meant to be sin-free like the angels, but learn from our mistakes. Through submission voluntarly to God , which is what Islam is, we liberate ourselves from earthly/materialistic attachments/desires and learn to gain empowerment over our selves, not in a supressive way because as i said Islam is your voluntary submission, you want to do this, you are fully convinced its good for you and you love and enjoy it, (( there is no compulsion in religion)). (( goodness is not merely facing the east and west in prayer, but true goodness and piety is (the state of) who believes in Allah, the last day, the angels, and the prophets. And gives from his wealth out of love to the kinship, the orphans, and poor, , and performs prayer and gives alms, and those who are truthful to their promises when theh make a promise, and those who are patient and enduring in times of hardship and turmoil, verily tjose are the ones who are truthful, and those are indeed whom are righteous))
that which is codified by human beings
since Infinite Mind does not speak
develops self consciousness and man gods
answered 04 Jan '13, 20:39
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