The Human Being is a Creature, a Spirit Encased in a Body. Spirituality is the WAY one lives his/her life.
To Understand Spirituality, one has to be Clear on the Idea of Spirit.
God is Uncreated Spirit. Angels and even evil spirits are spirits, but Created ones. We have to understand that God did Not create evil spirits, but some of the Created spirits chose the evil path, and became so.
We Human beings, Having the Spirit, get separated from the rest of the Spirit-world in that We have a Body. It is Important to Realize that We shall Always have one. When We pass from this life, We shall still have a Body, though it will be Different. The Body Jesus appeared-in after His Resurrection, to His disciples, particularly to Thomas, – coming in when the Doors had all been shut – gives us an Inkling as to How our bodies might be in Our After-life.
Am Indebted to www.lds.org for this Excellent graphic of Christ appearing to Thomas. John 20:24-28.
A Human being is a Composite of Body, Mind and Soul.
The Soul is what I had heard about, and learnt, when I was Young. Not that the word has become Obsolete. And the Soul stands for the Human Beings’ Unique faculty of Knowing and Deciding.
It can be Equally said that We Human beings have these faculties because We possess The Spirit.
Thus, to keep things simple, the Spirit and the Soul become Equated.
God’s Spirit Constantly bestows Love, Blessings and Guidance to Us/Our spirit/Our self. But We, or We can say Our spirit, have the Freedom even to Decline, Refuse or Downright Rebel against the Guidance of God. That is Free Will. All this is the Catholic-Christian point of view.
How We Human beings Choose to exercise Our Free Will, – How ‘Our spirit’ guides Our Lives, is Spirituality.
Walter Scott had asked: ‘Breathes there the man with so dead,’ about love for one’s Mother Land. But I ask: “How do We Breathe, Eat and Live, when Eyes like these Ask Us Questions?“
Or We can be just the Opposite; Being Caring, Concerned, Loving and Totally Other-centred.
Paraanta-Sukhaaya as against Svaanta Sukhaaya.
Like this Little Boy below. We see a Dirty couple. He saw Two Old People in need of Water. He would not even have known that there exists a word like Spirituality. But His Spirituality is Advanced, Indeed. As We All might have had. Where did We lose it?
Many people seem to think that the following of certain Rituals is Spirituality. For example, Going on Pilgrimages, Praying Many Times a day, etc, are taken as great spirituality.
I Always Discourage people from going on pilgrimages to places like Velankanni and all that. First of all, Two kinds of people profit by them: The Bus Owners, and the Hoteliers! My Divine Mother is Not Lost, that I have to go searching for Her. If I cannot find her in my own home town, I cannot find her.
The Velankanni Church
The Velankanni beach. Known as one of the 10 best in Tamil Nadu!
The famous Fish stalls of Velankanni!
I am also reminded of Meera singing:
“Gokul dhoondhi, Mathura dhoondhi, Bindiravan, Jag Sara,
Kaashipuri, Sakal main dhoondhi, Dhoondhi Haridwara.”
The meaning of this poem attributed to this Princess turned Saadhvi is something like this:
I searched for You in Gokul, (the place where Krishna grew up), Mathura, (the place of his birth, and of which he was a Prince), Bindiravan (a poetic liberty of Vrindavan, the place of Krishna’s Youth), and the Whole World; Including Kaashi and Haridwara, (whereas You were Dwelling in my Heart).
[Did You know that Red Light Areas develop around places of pilgrimage?!]
In Hindi, they have a saying: ‘Bagal mein Chhura, Muh mein Ram naam.’ This means, Constantly uttering the name of god, but Carrying a Hidden Knife.’ The picture below says the same thing, of course, though in a different cultural setting.
And I am Sure We All know Plenty of people who are Regular Church goers, Great Contributors to the church, …and Looting People Blind.
The Word Spirituality is connected with God, with Religion, with Right and Goodness. In the cases stated above, Can/Will Anybody say the people I have mentioned above are ‘Spiritual?’
St. Paul had said: “For me, to Live is Christ.” He was Christ-Mad! That was his Spirituality. And that Is High Spirituality indeed.
Thus, Spirituality is Not the keeping of rituals. True Spirituality is a Righteous Way of Life.