Religion is for people who fear Hell. Spirituality is for people who have been there.
Religiousness Vs. Spirituality
With such a "blasphemous" statement in the title of this article, I might as well rush to provide an explanation that would be standing on some stable logical legs.
Let's clarify first what I see as "religiousness",
It means following a belief system created by those who organized a religion, with scriptures not written by the Messiahs themselves, with holy places -- churches, temples, and mosques, where religious rituals are performed in order to galvanize those beliefs with an emotional charge.
It's clinging to cliches and phraseology invented for the followers to chant incessantly, while the only thing they may be deriving out of it is a slight benefit of a stress management, with an artificial faith about them being protected by that same celestial entity which is allowing the innocent children to suffer and die.
Those Messiahs simply didn't fit into that definition.
They didn't need anyone else's belief systems to follow, they didn't read anyone else's scriptures, didn't attend any holy places, and didn't do any religious rituals. They were unfolding from within into their advanced predestination, by discipline, by persistence, by unbreakable spirit while propelled by inner divine call.
Therefore, those highly advanced individuals and teachers of the mankind where not religious -- THEY WERE SPIRITUAL.
Which brings us to gods, who are, as we know, of different names and characters, as they are professed by different religions. Since religions insist on their staying different from others, -- actually to the extent of having initiated quite a few religious wars -- I, for one, just can't see either Jesus, or Buddha, or Mohammad as destructive mentalities engaged in a religious hate, after all of them were teaching about ideals like love, forgiveness, peace and harmony.
So, what they called "god" was not really a celestial entity, but their spiritual realization in which they found the divine in their own nature.
But, as they knew about much more limited mentalities of the general populace, they resorted to describing god in the only terms that people were familiar with in the tradition of historically maintained images of a deity.
Even to these very days, how many people really understand that realization of the divine is possible by diving deep into our own consciousness? As I am doing kundalini practice, for example, my own consciousness has expanded enormously.
But people even these days "prefer" having their god "out there", because that way they can just play "religiously informed" and keep wallowing in their many aspects of "imperfection" which is their standard excuse.
They don't want to go through disciplines, through hell of amputating their precious ego and sacrificing their comfort zone -- scared shitless of the unknown, which they see as "losing their mind", since they have identified with their ego so much.
Let's get deeper into what "god" is to a spiritual person.
I am not religious. I am a humanist, because human beings are more important than dogma and traditions.
Attuned Into Higher Self, or Personalized Extension of Universal Consciousness
I call myself spiritual; of course, not comparing myself to the great Messiahs, and not even learning from the great Messiahs.
Spirituality is a personalized experience of the divine, not a designed system of belief with its tenets to be "religiously (if not blindly) followed". It is not a collective cultural movement, like religion is, but a private exploration of the divine within one's own self.
One of my meditations which I designed for myself and which I listen to as an MP3 recording, starts like this:
"My consciousness is a personalized extension of the universal consciousness...now, I am tuning into that source for guidance, for harmony, and for inspiration to keep advancing myself...", and so on.
Where is "consciousness", or our higher self, that "drop of the ocean having quality of the whole ocean"?
Scientists have been able to locate many of our mental faculties in our brain and our endocrine system, but they couldn't locate consciousness, except for one thing -- it was NOT to be found within our personal space, but outside of it.
As I am sinking into a very deep meditation, in which I am connecting my awareness with my conscious essence, I am losing the sense of my identity, my body, now being more an energy than a matter, blended in the quantum realm of infinite potentiality.
I am EXPERIENCING my consciousness, my higher self, as an extension of universal consciousness, and in those moments there is no duality of "me-and-divine", as we have blended into one.
The experience could only be described as "outlandish", with happiness which is not an excitement but an unutterable sense of peace, love, and harmony, and an I-amness which suddenly knows everything -- but upon waking up from that state, can't conceptualize and verbalize any of it.
Consciousness simply operates on a band of frequencies which are not available for the mode of our daily processing of the reality. It worked for those Messiahs, but not for us ordinary folks in whom ego and psycho-physical survivalism are at the top in the hierarchy of our mental forces.
During the day, I can only somehow relate to that state on an emotional level, having trained my bliss-at-will, or conscious ability to feel divinely blissful, happy, in harmony with myself and with the world around me.
And then, yes, I am writing those satires, which are misinterpreted by people's programmed algorithms as "criticism, mocking, attacking, what-not" -- whereas they are intended to be just eye-opening. They have to take a form of mild shocks, and what appears as mocking is that friendly and wake up kick in the ass.
Now back to religiousness, and how it's impossible that the great Messiahs were anything else but spiritual.
I searched for God, and found only myself. I searched for myself, and found only God.
-- A Sufi proverb
Those Messiahs Simply Couldn't Lower Their Vibes to Be Religious
Religiousness is very permissive, for one thing, whereas spirituality is guided by discipline which mentally facilitates higher-than-ego state and its low frequencies.
For, while someone may be "religiously informed" enough to know about love, forgiveness, and harmonious coexistence -- that, for one example, doesn't prevent them to feel insulted, hurt by my words, doesn't prevent them to badmouth me behind my back, maybe even "feeling sorry for this old fart who has to be forgiven because he doesn't know what he is saying". -- LOL!
Then they go to their respective holy places and shift their minds into a mode where they are "nothing but earthly angels", religious again.
Likewise, an American President -- or any other religious leader elsewhere in this religious world for that mater -- may go to Sunday mass, or equivalent to that ritual, only to issue an order for an attack on Monday. Just like Mafia is portrayed as religious, but having no problem murdering their opponents; or those extremists bombing themselves just to kill someone else as well -- all in the name of their deity.
I've encountered countless human specimens who presented themselves as religious, but had no problem gossiping, competing with their friends and families, bragging about their possessions, and always advertising something to inflate their egos.
And at every Easter I am smiling inside, thinking about the Pope praying for return of Jesus -- whereas, if that ever really happened, the Man in Robe and Sandals would not exactly approve of the glamour of the Vatican, its incredible bank account, and its political influence.
Indeed, folks, I don't know if I am presenting my main point clearly enough, but those Messiahs were not religious at all.
Did Messiahs pray? To whom would they pray if they were embodiments of that to which they would address their prayers?
Messiahs didn't "need" anything from the quantum realm of infinite possibilities, their life was complete as it was -- so there was no need to pray. They were also extremely aware of their own responsibility over their lives, so they didn't pray for something that was up to them to have in their lives.
When we pray, we are coming from the position of our vulnerable ego which is all in survival mode of functioning, not creative mode of functioning. Universal consciousness creates, that's how we got the whole universe, with over 200 conditions that had to be provided for, so that life on earth could exist at all. Take away just few of them, and this planet would become bare like Mars.
When we are conscious, we are spiritual, creative, responsible for our lives and our states -- as everything is provided in ourselves for making our life a wonderful journey.
When we pray, we want our god to do something for us that we refuse to do for ourselves. It's our ego which always needs an outside intervention -- be it doctors, nutritionists, friendly shoulder to cry on, others' admiration and praises, money, prosperity...and yes, a god.
In reality, we could heal our bodies, make ourselves happy, as we can only give of ourselves something that we already have -- like happiness and love -- we can't give something that we, ourselves are only trying to get.
Friendly "giving" by those who are also in a need -- is not giving, it's favor-for-favor racket, based on the positionality of "I know I have to pay the price for being loved, so I'll act in a loving manner, I'll support, I'll praise, I'll compliment -- so that I can get some of it back."
Again, we can't "give" something of which we, ourselves, are in a lack of.
So, praying for anything is an admission of religious duality of "me-and-god" -- not a divine state in which good things happen to us simply because we are vibrating in frequencies which attract those good things into our life.
Well, what else can I say in this literary attempt to present my deep conviction that the Messiahs were spiritual, not religious.
I hope that at least some of you may be "on my page", experiencing the truism of this all, rather than consulting holy books about the validity of it.
Well, that's what makes the whole difference between an open and a closed mind.
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