[Advaita-l] New topic for Discussion - Religion vs Spirituality
kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 23 03:22:56 CDT 2016
Ryan - PraNAms
Thanks for sharing your wisdom. You have made very good points. You mentioned that advaita was the original teaching all the religions that have old testament as starting point.
Now just a question, since you are member of this list, do you think 1. Vedanta is required for a seeker for self-realization 2. Does one need a guru or teacher.
On Wed, 3/23/16, Ryan Armstrong <ryanarm at gmail.com> wrote:
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] New topic for Discussion - Religion vs Spirituality
To: "kuntimaddi sadananda" <kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com>, "A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 2:35 AM
I think that there is a large difference
between the two.
Religion is about ritual and the
organization and regulation of social affairs.
Spirituality is turning the attention to Truth
and allowing the paramaatman to manifest without
Having grown up in the Catholic
tradition, I found that it offers paths to spirituality.
But these are often hidden in the practices.
One of the problems with the
Christian tradition is that even through Christ taught
advaita, when the religion was organized (centuries after
his death), it became politicized.
Christianity and Islam are both
grounded in the Judaism - they share the Scripture called
the "Old Testament."
But interpretation and practice have
led to divergent paths.
In Genesis, the first book of the
Old Testament, there is the scene of Adam and Eve in the
Garden of Eden.
They are told not
to eat of the fruit of the tree of "knowledge of good
In Religion, the
interpretation is geared towards what is good and what is
In Spirit, this is a
statement of the movement from unity (advaita) to plurality
Good and Evil is the
first duality. Before that, Adam and Eve knew only of the
By eating the fruit they
gained the "knowledge" of duality and hence were
"driven out of paradise".
I believe that religion has a place
- it allows for an order in society which would be chaotic
It also contains the
seeds which can lead to Spirituality.
Spirituality on the other hand is a
more "personal" endeavour.
my opinion, it is the direct experience of the One - and the
constant striving to remove the impediments in the being
which cling to the idea of being separate and individual.
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