February 15, 2009 3:58:36 am
“My whole teaching consists of two words,meditation and love.”- Osho
Skeptics might not be fascinated by the ideologies of spiritual teachers. In fact they might even question the same,as they believe in following a set of written rules with firm devotion. However,no matter how much they deny or even question these ideas one cannot help but admire the fact that more and more people are gradually veering towards spirituality to question the purpose of their existence.
Their following might not be very vocal and still be more of a underground practice for some,but the fact is that more and more of the youth of the nation are looking at spiritualism to get rid of their inner most demons.
Sagar Upadhaya,a businessman and an Oshoite,says,”I began following Osho ever since I was eight years old. The reason as to why I was so fascinated about his teachings was because he spoke about transforming a person’s soul. Ironically I was saddened to see that most people saw religion as a means to hide their own discrepancies and shortcomings. It was a reason why I was more veered towards spirituality and finding oneself than blindly following certain set of rules and traditions.”
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Seconding this chain of thought is Tushar Patil,an engineer,who says,”The difference between religion and spirituality that I found was that religion does not allow a person to question a particular thought,idea or belief. If anyone tried doing it that person would either be branded as a heretic or an atheist. However spirituality teaches a person to be independent and be more responsible for his or her own actions.”
The question of youngsters veering towards spirituality and more importantly towards spiritual leaders might not go down well with people from the old school of thought,with some deeming it to be hogwash,however a certain faction of the society chooses to disagree,K Natasha,a software professional and an avid follower of the Art of Living course says,”I guess with the growing amount of stress in our lives we all need to unwind in our own ways,some people might find solace in going to the temple,I find mine by meditating and remaining silent for extended periods of time. It not only calms me down but also allays my fears and reduces my negativity.”
“Probably one of the more important reasons as to why youngsters are veering towards spirituality as a way of life is because they are unable to vent out their feelings about various issues. Moreover they also get this feeling that age-old ideas are tying them down and are not allowing them to start taking decisions for themselves. I myself follow yoga and meditation to lighten my mind and also it is a good way to introspect and spend some time on oneself”,adds Nikhil Khatri,an MBA student.
While the idea of questioning actions,and age-old traditions is a bitter pill to swallow for most,the trend of youngsters opting for spirituality as a means of life might just aggravate their agony.
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