Is this Spirituality? If not, then what is?

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To start with, spirituality has NOTHING to do with the idea of God or religion. Spirituality and religion should be treated as separate subjects. The reason is anybody who is not religious can be spiritual. On the other hand, we are all spiritual beings.

Let me try and elaborate.

We are born with a body which moves, talks, speaks and works. When we die, the body is rendered meaningless. It still is there, but it doesn’t move, talk, speak or works anymore. It has to be incinerated or buried, depending on the custom and religious rites of the land.

What gives when we die?

The spirit gives away. The spirit, which is present in our body when we are born and which leaves us when we die. Since there is a life spirit in all of us while we are alive, we are all spiritual beings.

Now, what the fuck is spirituality?

Spirituality is being able to connect with that spirit. Spirituality is the knowledge that we are alive and one day, the spirit inside us will leave, leaving the body, which will be destroyed and then, there won’t be any trace of our existence anymore, besides the memories that we will leave.

Spirituality is awareness and connection with our inner self. Spirituality is self awareness. Spirituality has nothing to do with God or religion because they are both man made illusionary creations.

There is no God. Religion is the God industry which keeps the idea of God alive. The only useful purpose religion serves is create human communities which support each other. Historically, religion has divided more than it has united.

Spirituality is a beautiful construct. We are all spiritual beings; the difference is some of us are more connected with our spirits than others. We don’t need religion or God to be spiritual. I find it amusing that people from different parts of the world come to India to find themselves.

It’s quite bizarre that they would come to India to find themselves when they can very well find themselves where they are. To understand ourselves and connect with our selves is a worthy objective and we all should aspire to it. It doesn’t take a country of a billion Gods to find you.

Spirituality is your connection with your own spirit. Spirituality is self awareness.

Immerse.

Albert Einstein’s Credo

I don’t know how many people have read this piece. I find it highly inspiring and deep. And I believe more and more people should read and understand the belief system of someone whose belief system is worth understanding-Einstein. Reproducing, as is from http://www.einstein-website.de/z_biography/credo.html

My Credo

[Part I]
“It is a special blessing to belong among those who can and may devote their best energies to the contemplation and exploration of objective and timeless things. How happy and grateful I am for having been granted this blessing, which bestows upon one a large measure of independence from one’s personal fate and from the attitude of one’s contemporaries. Yet this independence must not inure us to the awareness of the duties that constantly bind us to the past, present and future of humankind at large.

Our situation on this earth seems strange. Every one of us appears here, involuntarily and uninvited, for a short stay, without knowing the why and the wherefore. In our daily lives we feel only that man is here for the sake of others, for those whom we love and for many other beings whose fate is connected with our own.

I am often troubled by the thought that my life is based to such a large extent on the work of my fellow human beings, and I am aware of my great indebtedness to them.

I do not believe in free will. Schopenhauer’s words: ‘Man can do what he wants, but he cannot will what he wills,’ accompany me in all situations throughout my life and reconcile me with the actions of others, even if they are rather painful to me. This awareness of the lack of free will keeps me from taking myself and my fellow men too seriously as acting and deciding individuals, and from losing my temper.

I have never coveted affluence and luxury and even despise them a good deal. My passion for social justice has often brought me into conflict with people, as has my aversion to any obligation and dependence I did not regard as absolutely necessary.

[Part 2]
I have a high regard for the individual and an insuperable distaste for violence and fanaticism. All these motives have made me a passionate pacifist and antimilitarist. I am against any chauvinism, even in the guise of mere patriotism.

Privileges based on position and property have always seemed to me unjust and pernicious, as does any exaggerated personality cult. I am an adherent of the ideal of democracy, although I know well the weaknesses of the democratic form of government. Social equality and economic protection of the individual have always seemed to me the important communal aims of the state.

Although I am a typical loner in daily life, my consciousness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice keeps me from feeling isolated.

The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as of all serious endeavor in art and science. He who never had this experience seems to me, if not dead, then at least blind. To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is a something that our minds cannot grasp, whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly: this is religiousness. In this sense I am religious. To me it suffices to wonder at these secrets and to attempt humbly to grasp with my mind a mere image of the lofty structure of all there is.”

Einstein signature, 1932