Sunday, January 4, 2009

Religion and spirituality

Oprah talks about how she reconciled spirituality with her religious upbringing, a issue I'm sure many struggle with. (It's part of a long interview with Eckhart Tolle.) Even if we are not religious, we all have some kind of beliefs that we were suffused with during our upbringing. We are hippies or conservatives, atheists, hindu, protestant, whatever. And it takes courage to go beyond your beliefs, because there is always a period of confusion and fear until you get a new belief.

1 comment:

neeraj said...

"... we all have some kind of beliefs that we were suffused with during our upbringing."

No belief (and also no ego) is a real problem - the attachment to it is the problem, the identification with it, to think it is real and the fear to loose it, to melt into the abyss of nothingness ...

"The 'I' casts off the illusion of 'I' and yet remains as 'I'. Such is the paradox of Self-realization. The realized do not see any contradiction in it."
(Ramana Maharshi)

As many spiritual masters express it: There is really no answer than "come see for yourself" ...