Here are some frequently asked questions about spirituality. The seekers are welcome to ask any other related question or they can seek clarifications with respect to the answers given below.
Q: What is meant by spirituality?
A: Man is a combination of physical and metaphysical (abstract , non-material )elements. Physical element is the body made of five elements earth, water, fire,air and sky. The physical body is subject to constant change, birth, growth, degeneration, regeneration, disease and damage culminating into death when this physical body or machine stops functioning altogether because of some disease, accidental break down or normal wear and tear. The other component of man is SOUL or SPIRIT, which is metaphysical , abstract or non-physical.The consciousness and awareness about the principal metaphysical element SOUL or SPIRIT , the identification of the self with soul and the use of pronoun "I" for this soul is the first step towards the understanding of the meaning of spirituality. The association of the pronoun "I" for the soul is the first lesson for self realization. Because of ignorance of this vital fact most people consider the body to be "self" whereas it is not the body, it is the soul.
Q: Is spiritualism the same thing as spirituality ?
A: No. Spiritualism is the belief that spirits, particularly ghosts and evil spirits, exist without bodies or in subtle bodies, and it is possible to hold communication with them. Spirituality means the study of relationship between soul and body.
Q: What difference does it make whether one considers body to be "self" instead of soul.
A: If one considers body to be the self, one remains in perpetual pain and suffering. The identification of the self with the body creates a vicious chain and circle of relations and possessions connected with the body and all these relations and possessions are subject to damage and loss.The pros and cons related to the body are numerous and unlimited. These pros and cons are a constant cause of happiness and unhappiness for the misplaced and ignorant self. The pros usually go unnoticed and are taken for granted and the happiness based on pros of the body goes unnoticed but the cons related to body are conspicuous by their presence, hence life appears to be a vast ocean of pain suffering and grief, with brief glimpses of happiness now and then. Whereas the characteristic features of the soul are such that they admit no pain, suffering or grief. The characteristics of the soul are immortality, eternal peace, harmony free from all kinds of diseases and ailments.
Q: Can one get rid of of all kinds of pain, suffering and grief by treading the path of spirituality ?
A: So far as pain is a function of the physical body, spiritual path cannot provide any solution. There is no escape from the physical pain resulting from injuries, accidents and various physical ailments. Spirituality can simply increase one's forbearance and stoicism to confront physical pain with brave face. However all kinds of mental ailments, sufferings etc can be avoided by treading the spiritual path and following spiritual practices.
Q: Is spirituality a part of some religion?
A: No spirituality is not related to any religion. It is non-religious and universal in nature. It leads to the realization of universal, non-sectarian Unmanifest God of Divine Attributes,