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Friday, March 4, 2011

Finding the Shared Basis of Spirituality

By Dhruv Chatterjee
Dhruv Chatterjee is a College sophomore from Kolkata, India.

There is an old joke that claims that God blessed us all of us with spirituality until the Devil decided to organize it and call it religion.

While this joke is obviously rather cynical, it does bring to light an important distinction that exists between organized religion and spirituality itself. Religion may be the starting point from which we begin our journey to connect with God, but ultimately, only spirituality is what will get us there. Religion is the starting point of interest, and spirituality is the medium.
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So what, then is spirituality? Spirituality is the religion above all religions and atheism. Spirituality is belief strong enough to transcend knowledge, differences in humanity and imperfections.

Spirituality is God, free of human perceptions and attributes. It is unity consciousness. It is the understanding that when Christ said to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” he meant that harming others is effectively harming oneself.

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