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What does it mean to be 'Spiritual'?

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1. a. What does it mean to be 'Spiritual'? If you were to look up 'spiritual' in a dictionary, (which I have to say I was sad enough to do), you would find that it is defined by 'something not of the physical nor material world'. This is a good attempt at describing it, but to be truthful, spirituality is impossible to describe. This is because it is beyond human description. We know what it is, but putting our knowledge into words is extremely difficult. Spirituality refers to ones 'inner place', a place which transcends our surroundings, our concerns, our problems and our society. To be spiritual is to elevate oneself beyond everything that is around us. But at the same time, being at one with the universe. That statement sounds very confusing, and truthfully it is. Spirituality emphasises that what we have on the outside (such as wealth, material possessions etc.) will never change what we are on the inside. To be spiritual is to open the mind to the awesomeness, wonder and mystery of creation. To be spiritual is to affirm people in themselves, as well as to give one a sense of self-identity. This means knowing your place in the universe. With this there is no longer need for category, or definition by other people. ...read more.

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Monks often live together away from society so they can worship together alone and share the spiritual experience. This spiritual technique is known as collective worship. Many disapprove of the capitalist way that society operates, and so they choose to remove themselves from it. As well as these, many famous religious leaders have isolated themselves. The most famous example of this is probably Jesus, who spent 40 days and nights in absolute isolation. Many monks believe that by following in Jesus' path, it can bring them closer to God, as they are behaving in a God like manner. b. How can an individual express their commitment to their faith. An individual can express their commitment to their faith in many ways. Firstly and most obviously, they have to practice the faith. Saying one is Christian is rather different to actually being a Christian. By maintaining the morals, values and traditions of the religion, one demonstrates their commitment to the faith. Many try and express their commitment by acting piously, and as 'religiously dictated' as possible. This means living and behaving exactly in accordance with what is stated by sources of authority such as holy texts and doctrine. Secondly they could regularly visit their place of worship, such as a temple, mosque or church. ...read more.

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The second is that being in a religious community is reward itself. The reason people might say this is because joining such a community just because you expect to receive a reward in return is selfish, and that the whole point of being in a religious community is to give. This is necessary because the believer may think that they have to give before you receive. They may also believe that the true reward does not come in this lifetime, but in the after life. Someone may also say this because they believe that God encourages giving rather than taking, and by giving, you are acting in a Godly way and that is reward in itself. A religious believer may disagree because they may think that the whole purpose of joining a religious community is to escape the hubbub of modern society, and with this new calmness of mind, they will be able to elevate themselves onto a new level of spirituality. By joining the religious community, they expect to get a heightened level of spiritual awareness. Most religious believers join a religious community because they want to gain something in their lives that they didn't have before. They may argue that if it was about giving, then there would be no difference between living their old lives and living in a religious community. The Nature of Spirituality Vishnu Parameshwaran ...read more.

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