10 Difference Between Spirituality and Religion

Religion and spirituality are the ones practiced in humans society since thousands of years.

It is a kind of interesting concept that despite lack of scientific proof of existence of God, many millions of us believe his presence (God is real?).

This is because, spirituality starts from the point where science ends.

Religion and spirituality are both concerned with God.

They seem to be two sides of the same coin. But the difference between spirituality and religion is large.

Religion is a way of life to be followed by humans. Whereas, spirituality is a way of understanding the life.

Religion is more concerned with living while spirituality is less concerned with living.

A man who is religious may not be spiritual, and the one who is spiritual does not necessarily be religious.

Difference Between Spirituality and Religion

FeaturesSpiritualityReligion
Reasons for itIs a destiny and a way of lifeOut of Compulsion or direction
Begins withAfter life experiences.From birth
Social lifePrefers solitudePrefers gathering
RitualsNot importantPresent and important
Approach to lifeNo or limited desire for existence Desirous of better life and existence
PreferencesAvoids comforts and does not get habituated to them.Comforts in life
Mind maturityNatural awakening, observation and analysis.Gains trough books and listening to preachings
InclinationSpirituality does not drive to religion.Religion may drive a person to spirituality.
Opinion to GodGod lovingGod fearing one
Peoples in numbersVery few people get spiritual.Many tend to be religious
DeathDoes not fearFears a lot of death and tries to escape from it.

The goal of the person: A spiritual man’s goal is to know what is life, universe and finally attain enlightenment. While religious man goal is to be safe, secure and have peaceful life.

What causes him to decide: Many times the society and experiences around are the reasons for both. However, spirituality starts from within and flows non-stop like and oasis. While religion is enforced from birth by people around. But spiritual person tends to look within himself due to circumstances, while other looks for help from preachers or family etc.

When does it start: Spirituality can start from childhood for some, but few are also ignited towards it after some thoughtful experiences. Even those involved in research can also get attracted towards spirituality as they feel that universe and discoveries are never ending and there is some invisible power controlling it.

Social outlook: A religious person is social and prefers to gather. spiritualityWhile the spiritual person like to mix with spiritual people or none. He is self-analyzing and likes people and freedom of thought so, he prefers solitude.

Preferences: Spiritual guys are less interested in material wealth whereas the religious one may be involved. He also dislikes getting married as it can be a deviation in his path. Further, he may not prefer regular job instead, he may like social service and devotional gatherings.

Life style: Religious person tries to follow a set of customs and practices in daily life. These are practiced based on observation or guidanc from other followers. difference between spirituality and religion

But, the spiritual person could look carefree, less concerned with life habits etc. However, if he finds a right teacher, he would abide by the rules of his teacher.

Death: For spiritual person death is not a curse, he tends to feel it as liberation from world duties. The religious one is afraid of death and may even try to escape from it. Spiritual person can also embrace death if feels it is not required to live anymore.  For those with highest level of spirituality, even their timing of death is known to them. Hence, we can notice these people giving their indications of death to their followers.

Mind maturity: Religious mind depends on religious books and preaching for maturity. The spiritual one is self-matured and evolves himself with time. If the religious person is kept out of the books and teaching, he may over time lose interest in the religion. Hence, we can notice religious preacher always try to gather the people of their religion to encourage them to follow their religion. However, a spiritual persons mind matures with age, experiences and his devotion to almighty.

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