photo by axinia
The Google Search gave me 61.400.000 results for the word SPIRITUALITY, with the top reasult of Wikipedia, explaining to me what Spirituality is:” Spirituality, in a narrow sense, concerns itself with matters of the spirit, a concept closely tied to religious belief and faith, a transcendent reality, and God. Spiritual matters are thus those matters regarding humankind’s ultimate nature and purpose, not only as material biological organisms, but as beings with a unique relationship to that which is beyond both time and the material world”;
and some more: “Many spiritual traditions, accordingly, share a common spiritual theme: the “path”, “work”, practice, or tradition of perceiving and internalizing one’s “true” nature and relationship to the rest of existence (God, creation (the universe), or life), and of becoming free of the lesser egoic self (or ego) in favor of being more fully one’s “true” “Self”.
Although I agree with the most of it, I still wanted to add something based on my personal experiences.
First, the word “Spirit” has a wide definiton in the English language. There is a nice abstract on it by Shri Mataji: “English language itself is such a funny one, that we use the word spirit for drinking, the spirit that you call alcohol; spirit for the dead souls, which hang around, many more here, and spirit for the Atma, the Spirit.”
Another thing which seem to be often misunderstood is the correlation betweek religion and spirituality. I was born in an atheistic family, not practicing any religion. At some point I realised that there was something more I was seeking in this life. And since then I keep meeting lots of people seeing it same way. But, actually: Is spirituality on the rise worldwide or is it only because I personally attract people of the same kind?
Now let me ask you some more questions:
Can you identify a person who is spiritual, and who is not? How will you find it out? Can a person be non-religious and still be spiritual? Can an atheist be a spiritula person? And, finally, are people getting more spiritual -in the true sence of it- nowadays?
P.S: I have chosen this photo for this post because of the comment I got to in on flickr:” Wow!this is what exactly makes you to believe of some supernatural power above us, the humankind.This really makes us to believe of the presence of some higher body…A very serene pic truly…”