Are spirituality and religion the same thing? While there is indeed some overlap in these concepts, they are actually quite different from one another. For example, while someone may identify as being spiritual, it does not necessarily mean they are committed to a specific group or doctrine.
Let’s start by looking at how we can define spirituality. Spirituality is a very personal endeavor. While there are guides and techniques to be discovered along the path, these are held up against someone’s own inner compass as they are not bound to a group’s rules or hierarchy. Through Sahaja, spirituality is actualized through a real experience with the flow of divine energy, focused on a formless divine power, an energy that is universal. Spirituality should lead seekers to change, to improve. Actions are not merely rituals to be completed, but are rather ever moving us towards higher wellbeing.
Religion is not as tailor-made. Many religious groups have specific rules, beliefs, values, structures, and hierarchies. Members of religious groups may be held to a set of requirements and are evaluated in some way. To distinguish themselves from other groups, many religious organizations develop symbols and outward representations of their beliefs. These groups place a value on rituals and rules, and may not encourage participants to seek their own definition of spirituality or their own, personal connection to a divine power.
Where are you?
If your goal is to pursue your own spiritual quest, you must explore, discover, and draw your own conclusions. Sahaja does not force you to choose a method. In your first introductory session, you are asked to affirm, “I am my own master,” meaning you are taking control of your own spiritual journey – whether that means practicing Sahaja, pursing another mode, or following a specific religion. For further information or to get started please visit www.SahajaOnline.com.
The choice is yours. Blessed is the life that finds joy in the journey.