I come from a family of ‘varkaris’. A family, with 150 years of history steeped in spiritual pursuit. It was at the early age of 5-6 when I started reading Bhagwad Gita, Dnyaneshwari, Ramayana and Mahabharata. I would go with my grandmother to listen to bhagwat pravachan, kirtan, etc almost every day.
However, at that time my motivation was mostly rote learning so that I could recite everything to impress my elders or at times to read great stories without understanding the underlying spiritual tones. The motivation wasn’t to understand and practice but to be able to ‘learn, recite and impress’.
Since then, over the last 17 years, my understanding of religion and spirituality have evolved considerably through reading, listening, observation, extensive travel, and even my professional education!
I do not see myself as a religious person but a spiritual one.
Myjourney on the spiritual path may have started with religion but it has branched away having little or nothing to do with any religion. I firmly believe that religion and spirituality are separate, religion is a good place to start but eventually one has to move beyond the bounds of religion to enter the sanctum of spirituality.
To get a better idea of how I look at spirituality you can read my post on ‘finding god’. In this article, I talk about how my journey on the spiritual path has led me away from religion.
The primary reason behind this was the inviting of religions to answer all my questions in a satisfactory manner, also what turned me off was the dogma and the often contradictory nature of religion itself. I firmly believe that religions started as a means of spiritual pursuit but have mutated into hokum of unsubstantiated rituals and blind profiteering.
In my talks, I try to bring together how spirituality and daily life are connected and how a better understanding of spirituality can improve our wellbeing as a whole – as an individual, as a professional and above all as a contributing member of society.
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