What is the difference between being religious and being spiritual?

What is the difference between being religious and being spiritual?

Question by Tamara♥: What is the difference between being religious and being spiritual?
I’ve heard a few people describe themselves as being spiritual, but not religious. I always thought they were one in the same. So, what are the differences?

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Answer by Rashard
Well, one is basically a cult (religion), and the other is basicaly thinking for yourself & believing what u want (being spiritual) 🙂

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  1. soulless entityJan 01, 2013

    If I understand correctly, spiritual people don’t follow a particular religious dogma.

  2. james oJan 01, 2013

    The religious person has taken on some organized religious value system by which to live his or her life.

    The spiritual person doesn’t have any system that assists him in living his life, and accepts no guidelines in how to strive for self-improvement. The “spiritual” person is religious, but won’t take any responsibility or accountability in his or her life.

    That doesn’t mean that one is better than the other, but “spiritual” is religious without any sail or rudder. Religion can have both a sail and a rudder, not to mention a pretty good navigational system.

  3. SatyaJan 01, 2013

    Spirituality is the real art of living. Meditation and self control helps in detachment from material, people and nature. Self control and meditation helps in right discrimination which gives eternal peace.

    Religion is a man’s interpretation of God. The infiniteness of God has been misinterpreted and distorted by lot of people for ages who have not understood the true nature of God. The result – Creation of multiple Religions and Religious sects and inventing numerous beliefs, traditions and culture creating numerous conflicts and illusions in the society.

    All morals & values are essentially view points. The idea of God’s way is to transcend all view points and realise the totality of all inclusive – oneness.

    Spirituality takes you to God closer than any man made Religions. God consciousness and Self realization is acquired by Spirituality. Religion is misued by man as a tool to control power, wealth and people. The powers of the nature in turn created numerous religious sects, traditions, beliefs and practices causing conflicts and wars between ignorant human beings.

    Withdraw your senses and be detached from the illusions on nature. When you withdraw your senses from the objects on nature, attraction and desire goes away. When you stay detached from the objects of desire, there is no pride, no jealousy and you realize you possess nothing.

    The work of the nature is to create Attraction and desire which creates anger, delusion, memory loss and aversion which corrupts the senses, mind and reason.

    Perform actions as a sacrifice to the Almighty God. Perform your duties disinterestedly without expecting results. Controlling the senses helps in slaying the desire and helps attaining wisdom. Beyond senses is mind, beyond mind is intellect, beyond intellect is GOD.

    Sacrifice your actions, senses, powers, wealth and wisdom in the altar of the almighty. The hero whose soul is unmoved by circumstance, who accepts pleasure and pain with equanimity, only he is fit for immortality.

    Nothing can destroy the Spirit. The material bodies which this Eternal, Indestructible, Immeasurable Spirit inhabits are all finite.

    You only have the right to work, but none to the fruit thereof. Let not then the fruit of your action be your motive; nor yet be thou enamored of inaction. Perform all your actions with mind concentrated on the Divine, renouncing attachment and looking upon success and failure with an equal eye. Spirituality implies equanimity.

    Physical action is far inferior to an intellect concentrated on the Divine. Have recourse then to Pure Intelligence. It is only the petty-minded who work for reward. When a man attains to Pure Reason, he renounces in this world the results of good and evil alike. Cling thou to Right Action. Spirituality is the real art of living.

    Pre-requisite to see the God is –
    1) Un-conditional love to all beings
    2) Surmount the desires, attachment and material possessions. Give up all desires and wander free from hankering, false ego and possessiveness.
    3) Selfless service for the welfare of the world and perform duty as service performed to the Lord

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