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Some Thoughts on Religion and Spirituality

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  • Spirituality is the science of consciousness; and religion is the art of living.

  • Spirituality is the ‘knowledge’ aspect of creation; and religion is the ‘activity’ aspect of it.

  • Spirituality is idealism; and religion is the method of imbibing it in real life.

  • Spirituality leads to self-realization; and religion shows the way to attain it.

  • The focus of spirituality is the Supreme Spirit; and that of religion is the individual soul.

  • Religion is the sadhana (ritualistic modes / methods / traditions) of uplifting the human consciousness. The ultimate aim of all the methods of sadhana is same.

  • Religion is a sky which is open to all to fly in their own way irrespective of caste, color, creed, nationality, etc.

Those, who know the essence of spirituality and follow the righteous path of religion, are sure to achieve the boons of peace and prosperity at the individual level; and contribute to social harmony at large.

– Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya