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“In divine creation the whole world is united, the earth is united. It is oneness. In the whole human race there is unity. The search for this unity, the unifying factor, is the real spiritual journey. Unfortunately, the so-called spiritual journey has divided human beings and torn apart the whole society.

The distinction between religion and spirituality should first become clear in our minds. I normally give this example of a banana and banana skin: religion is like the banana skin and spirituality is the banana. People have thrown away the banana and are holding on to the skin. Religion is outer rituals and habits, a way of life; spirituality is the quest for the source of life, going back to the source, knowing deep within us we are part of the divinity.

When this distinction becomes clear in the mind, it is then our journey towards the source begins. It is then we become human beings. It is then we become united to that principle which is beneath all existence, which is beneath every happening and has enormous intelligence and orderliness.”

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Excerpt from:
Bang on the Door

"I believe there is an important distinction to be made between religion and spirituality. Religion I take to be concerned with belief in the claims to salvation of one faith tradition or another-an aspect of which is acceptance of some form of meta-physical or philosophical reality, including perhaps an idea of heaven or hell. Connected with this are religious teachings or dogma, ritual, prayers and so on.

Spirituality I take to be concerned with those qualities of the human spirit-such as love and compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, contentment, a sense of responsibility, a sense of harmony, which bring happiness to both self and others."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama


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