Dharma or Religion is a way of living. It is a path to Goal which is Happiness or “Sat chit Anand” . Happiness or “Sat chit Anand” is Spirituality. Therefore Dharma is a way whereas Spirituality is the Goal.
It is not that since one is born in a particular religion , that religion is the superior and other is inferior or downgraded . Problems start brewing when we confuse the Spirituality with Religion. Spirituality is at the centre and should be consciously taken into consideration and rest everything will fall right on place. While following one’s religion one should respect other religion as well and one should be flexible to imbibe or accept good things from other religions as well for better life. Because the idea of religion itself is to live & prosper together to reach the ultimate Goal.
It is important to understand the difference between Dharma and Spirituality profoundly. Spirituality is the Supreme and the universal set whereas religion is subset of the supreme principle or GOD . Religion or Dharma is dependent on Spirituality but Spirituality is not dependent on any Dharma simply because Spirituality is the Goal and Dharma is a way and Goal is not dependent on ways rather ways are dependent on the Goal.
Dharma is the the way to Spirituality . Those who understands this will not face any resistance with other religions irrespective of in whichever religion he or she took the birth .
Karma with Dharma leads to prosperity and peace. No religion preaches bigotry ,it is different that some nitwit human beings out of their ignorance distorts the teachings of religions and preaches bigotry for personal benefits .
Spirituality is at the centre or the Goal and is universal whereas religion is a way which revolves around the Goal. It is foolishness to fight over religion as all religions have the same centre and have the same goal or purpose to teach , preach and spread the supreme GOD which is one. Any good things or teachings from any religions should be accepted and followed with grace as Spirituality is not bounded to any religion instead all religions are bounded to Spirituality.
The word Religion or Dharma has been used so many times to emphasise the seriousness of the word. So let’s understand Dharma in practical sense.Karma at physical level in the direction of Dharma raises the awareness at spiritual level. Growing by helping others grow spiritually is Dharma. Dharma is the path shown by an Enlightened or awaken being , for example Bodh Dharma by Gautam Buddha, Sanatan Dharma by Rama, Krishna, Adi Shankaracharya etc, Jain Dharma by Mahavira ,etc. All Religions seems to be different but they are same and articulated differently by enlightened masters at different period of times. Dharma is the path to the ultimate goal that is Spirituality . The essence of all Dharma is to help each other grow towards the Goal or Happiness , to play one’s role without EGO(Any feeling of Superiority or Inferiority) and bigotry. No one is superior or inferior for example the sword cannot play the role of needle and vice-versa.
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