Spirituality vs. Religion

I often find that many people do not grasp the differences between Spirituality and Religion.

My attempt to tell the difference is that Religion is for ME. Spirituality is for US.

However, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (May 1, 1881 - April 10, 1955), a French Jesuit priest, theologian, philosopher, and paleontologist who attempted to build an integrated vision of science and theology is so much more elegant:

* Religion is not just one, there are hundreds.
* Spirituality is one.

* Religion is for those who sleep.
* Spirituality is for those who are awake.

* Religion is for those who need someone to tell them what to do and want to be guided.
* Spirituality is for those who pay attention to their inner voice.

* Religion has a set of dogmatic rules.
* Spirituality invites us to reason about everything, to question everything.

* Religion threatens and scares.
* Spirituality gives inner peace.

* Religion speaks of sin and guilt.
* Spirituality says, "learn from error" ..

* Religion represses everything, in some cases it is false.
* Spirituality transcends everything, it makes you come true!

* Religion is not God.
* Spirituality is everything and, therefore, is God.

* Religion invents.
* Spirituality meets.

* Religion does not ask any questions.
* Spirituality questions everything.

* Religion is human, it is an organization with rules.
* Spirituality is Divine, without rules.

* Religion is the cause of divisions.
* Spirituality is the cause of the Union.

* Religion follows the precepts of a holy book.
* Spirituality seeks the sacred in all books.

* Religion feeds on fear.
* Spirituality is nourished by trust and faith.

* Religion is living in thought.
* Spirituality is living in consciousness ..

* Religion is concerned with doing.
* Spirituality has to do with being.

* Religion feeds the ego.
* Spirituality makes us transcend.

* Religion makes us renounce the world.
* Spirituality makes us live in God.

* Religion is worship.
* Spirituality is meditation.

* Religion lives in the past and in the future.
* Spirituality lives in the present.

* Religion cloaks our memory.
* Spirituality frees our consciousness.

* Religion believes in eternal life.
* Spirituality makes us aware of eternal life.

* Religion promises after death.
* Spirituality is finding God within us throughout life.

"We are not human beings who go through a spiritual experience ...
We are spiritual beings who go through a human experience ... "