What is the difference in between religion and spirituality?
I have in the beginning of my life followed a religion and was even spreading its message. My grandfather was doing it, my father was doing it and so I also did it. I learned what was written in scriptures, I learned all the traditions and rules.
Religion has so many rules. It shows you exactly which way you are supposed to walk. It tells you which step to take and where not to go. Religion tells you if you do this, you will go to heaven and if you do that, you will go to hell. Or something similar, like God’s punishment or another way to make you afraid.
Even when I was preaching and living my guru life, I was a little bit different. Even in that time I liked to rather spread a message that makes you feel good. I liked to help people follow spirituality in their lives instead of only the hard rules of religion.
Spirituality does not have rules. It makes you feel good and gives you real joy. You know what you do and you do it because you love it. You do it because you enjoy it. You don’t do it because of some kind of fear or because a rule but because of love.
Religion is a firm and strict structure whereas spirituality is soft and flowing. Religion presses into clear and edgy shapes whereas spirituality makes round and soft. I believe religion comes from the mind and spirituality from the heart.