Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Religion as Path

I heard recently that over 70% of people surveyed characterized themselves as spiritual, and 40% as religious. This should not be surprising. If you look closely at our diverse religions, they were founded in a tradition of spirituality, based primarily on human spiritual experiences. In my mind, each religion has developed a unique path to a spiritual life. While each of the religious paths may be distinctive, while the spiritual destination may have slight differences, I see more likenesses than not.

The spiritual seeker will choose a path. There are many. The great religious traditions each offer such a path.

When the destination is achieved, when spirituality is realized, the path will have served its noble purpose.

A spiritual life is the objective; religion can serve as the path to that destination.

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