Thoughts

What Spirituality means to me

I think the concept of God is a human creation. There may or may not be an all-knowing all-powerful being, but the Gods we have created, I feel, were created for our own convenience. Nothing wrong with it, just my thought.

Personally, I like to associate God with Nature. People who believe in advaita feel that since we are a part of nature, we are also a manifestation of God. And the purpose of our life is to realize that.

Could be.

I feel I don’t qualify to write about spirituality, but I want to record my thoughts on this topic now.

The word spiritual, to me, is analogous to inner peace.

When we seek answers to the most important questions of life, we invariably seek the counsel of our spiritual-side, not the analytical-side. We need those answers because we believe that it will lead us towards peace and contentment.

Some people get their answers under a Bodhi Tree, some people get their answers in a Temple, Church or Mosque, some people get their answers inside their house. And a distraught many don’t get their answers at all!

To me, being spiritual is Sustainable-Living. It takes a lot of maturity to realize less is more.

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For some reason, I am reminded of a conversation I had with a client a few years back –

Me: Since your daughter is moving to the U.S., I guess you too plan to move there shortly afterwards *grins*

He: (After a small pause) Search for happiness in your mind, not in a place. 

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PS: This post has been written for a contest organized by Chennai Bloggers Club and The Monk Key (Spiritual Fiction).

So, what does spirituality mean to you?

16 Comments

  • SG

    Of late, some researchers have “discovered” that God is a creation of Roman kings in order to establish some discipline among the common people.

    • Rajesh K

      That is one of the purposes of religion everywhere, Now, I think, that task is being transferred slowly to education.

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  • Sandhya Kumar

    Yes, it sorts of brings discipline…fear of god. God will punish us in some way if we do wrong, if we hurt others etc. Maybe it is for just some people. Nowadays, so many atrocities are going on in the name of god/religion.

    • Rajesh K

      I don’t think God will sort out individuals to punish. There seems to be an innate balance in nature that automatically counteracts human actions. But since it happens over a period of time, it doesn’t seem to be that obvious. At least that’s what I think.

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  • Nandhini Chandrasekaran

    Your personal explanation of less is more sounds more convincing than what we hear about spirituality in our everyday lives. As a matter of fact, spirituality is more a personal phenomena than generic, isn’t it?

    • Rajesh K

      I think, different things need to be packaged differently in order to reach people more effectively. So spirituality can be both personal for people who want it that way, and generic for others who prefer it the grandiose way.

      Destination Infinity

  • Jeevan

    No doubt gods are created by man… and obviously there’s a power control things beyond the reach. But I believe everything is nature’s occurrence. I don’t have any idea about spirituality and also don’t believe in soul exists.

    • Rajesh K

      I feel, there is a power to control things beyond the reach, and within our reach! Not sure if we can call it God, considering our understanding of the term.

      Destination Infinity

    • Rajesh K

      Absolutely. But maybe the rituals are there to help this process, for people who are not able to believe and find peace by themselves?

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      • Devilish Angel

        I dont know about rituals. But any matured person can believe his own self and can find peace. Also maturity not depends on age. It depends on how we mould ouselves by the experience we get in life.

        • Rajesh K

          Not all people are able to mould themselves based on experiences. There are many, including mature people, who break down during intense stress that life sometimes gives. Maybe Temples, rituals, etc. are there for comforting during those times.

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    • Rajesh K

      Both good and bad is happening around the world. But if you ask why God wants bad things to happen, it is a good argument.

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  • Avada Kedavra

    I think most people want someone or something that can give them hope or to blame someone when they are going through a difficult situation and that’s why they want to believe in God. Even I feel it is a human creation. I see people being horrible to others and then going to multiple temples. I don’t know what good it would do them.

    • Rajesh K

      Doing something bad deliberately and then offering prayers to Temples to wash of one’s sines is a serious issue. It encourages the culture of ‘do anything you want and then get washed off your sins easily’.

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