Sunday, June 29, 2008

Spiritual but not religious

We have heard it from people and we have seen it in people's profiles.
But what does it really mean???

One of my friends asked me this question,because Iam one of those guys who likes to be known as "spiritual but not religious" types...
What followed were my efforts to encapsulate my understandings of this phrase into the constrained spaces of Gtalk box.
As i was rambling on,the friend suggested that I should probably blog this.
And so here goes...
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Spiritual but not religious means not subscribing to something just because its professed in a religion
or not stopping with a religion to explore the divine connection
,to seek out the ideals of spirituality outside the limits of my religion.

To be non - religious means to do something
or to refrain from something
not because God will be angry with me for doing so.
It is to choose to do something,because i like to do it.

It is not to pray for favours but to identify a relationship with a supreme being
higher than a master slave relationship.

It is to question about God,analyse and to have the right to accept or reject.
To do things that will be regarded as blasphemy by religion, just because they don't conform to set practices.

To interact with God outside religion
To engage with humanity and to love and care for humans outside religion
and its guidelines and rules.

It is the freedom to choose.To take the responsibility to imbibe discipline to oneself and to strive to become a better human being within our limitations ,rather than depending on a holy book or holy man/organisation for that.

To be spiritual is to realise and practice the purpose of religion.

3 Comments:

sathish said...

That is a clear simple post about 'Spiritual but not religious'!

First time I didnt get it, then the second time when I read I hope I got it to some level. I hope the reason why I didnt understand it first is coz of the last line 'To be spiritual is to realise and practice the purpose of religion'. Would it be clear enough if this line gets a bit of little more clarity :)

Marutham said...

:) Hi CVR..
am bak...
ANd trust me..idhu maari post padichu naatkal pala aagindradhu :)

Its a lovely thought..

//It is the freedom to choose.To take the responsibility to imbibe discipline to oneself and to strive to become a better human being within our limitations ,rather than depending on a holy book or holy man/organisation for that.// :)

Srivats said...

Thats wisdom in simple words!
Amazing!

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