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Prabhata Rashmih - The Practice of Sadhana

Relationship Between Religion and Spirituality

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

  • Relationship Between Religion and Spirituality

    Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

In this talk, Swamiji says that all religious thoughts, practices and customs when they become reformed, refined and filtered, they become spirituality. Spirituality is the scientific presentation and pursuit of religion. In religion, the focus is always on an external, invisible God and that too at an infinite distance. In spirituality, the entire focus is on one’s own personality and its different levels of action and interaction. Religion becomes insufficient in life at some time or another. Then spirituality is the only rescue, refuge, and succor.

In spirituality, one reads or hears and contemplates upon it. When that contemplation is over, the mind further sinks down into a state of absorption into the infinite expanse of the Self.

Describing Samatva, Swamiji says that in the mind level, all experiences result only in Sukha or Duhkha. They are inevitable and unavoidable. A seeker has to accept both of them with an even mind. Samatva is the sole message of Bhagavad Gita which means that this is the message of refined and reformed religion and religious practices.

Shlokas chanted in the Track:

आचार्यः पूर्व रूपं ||
अन्तेवास्युत्त॑ररू॒पम् ।
वि॑द्या स॒न्धिः । प्रवचनं सन्धानम् ।

(Taittiriya Upanishad)

इहैव तैर्जितः सर्गो येषां साम्ये स्थितं मनः।
निर्दोषं हि समं ब्रह्म तस्माद्ब्रह्मणि ते स्थिताः॥

Bhagavat Gita 5.19

ब्रह्मवित् आप्नोति परम्

Prabhata Rashmih - The Practice of Sadhana

Relationship Between Religion and Spirituality

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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