What is Religion?
A set of beliefs and practices generally
organized around supernatural and moral claims, and often codified
as prayer, ritual and law. Religion also encompasses ancestral or
cultural traditions, writings, history, and mythology.. The
term "religion"refers to both the personal practices related to
communal faith and to group rituals and communication stemming from
shared conviction. Rev. Dr. John Rodgers, noted New Age authority,
defines religion simply as: "philosophy combined with ritual magic.
Spirituality is NOT
According to Sahaj Marg (a form of
Raja Yoga) spirituality begins
where religion ends. While the basic education of a person can be
undertaken by religion, further development at what may
be termed adulthood, can only be offered by spirituality. Religion
enforces an externalization of the mind in man's search for God.
Mysticism or spirituality internalize the search and direct the mind
to the core of consciousness where the search should really
commence. God is not something external , we are within him and we
are part of Him. Spirituality, therefore, focuses man's
attention on the divinity radiating in one's own being, which is the
result of the presence of the Creator within us. With this idea in
mind we are then able to bring our consciousness to a level of
awareness of God. All that spirituality requires of us to do is to
surrender our ego to God with love.
is Religious Freedom?
Religious freedom means you can:
worship and witness as you wish
Obey your religion as long as it does not oppress others.
Change your beliefs or religion
Adopt ideas from other faiths and make them
Associate freely with others to express
Religious freedom does not mean
Compel other to act according to your beliefs
Harm or oppress those who do not agree with your beliefs
Violate the law when it does not agree with your beliefs