Religion and spirituality in India dates back to thousands of years. By dwelling in religion and spirituality, one can learn profound life sessions.
While spirituality finds its roots in the Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita, religion has its roots in the various religions which have propagated it.
Texts on religion and spirituality
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the richest and practical texts on spirituality for the Hindu community. It is universal and does not propagate any religion.
The Vedas are the primary source of spirituality. They are very cryptic and cannot be understood. Therefore, the Rishis wrote treatises on the Vedas which are called Upanishads.
One has to still learn the Upanishads through a Guru, a medium of understanding.
Purpose in spirituality
The sole purpose of studying texts on spirituality and adapting a spiritual way of life is to attain liberation or moksha.
According to the Hindu tradition, moksha or liberation is attained from the cycle of birth and rebirth. This can be done by burning one’s karma.
Karma is the simple cycle fo cause and effect. There are different kinds of karma, many of which binds us and prevents us from living in freedom.
Freedom, according to spirituality is the absence of prejudice and preferences. When there are no preferences and prejudices, one is naturally free and not bound by ones thoughts, feelings, emotions and beliefs.
It is possible to attain freedom or moksha when one is able to witness everything without indulging in anything of the experiences.