Nicely said.

Spirituality that is walled off from life never experiences any challenges so arrives at a higher than realistic estimate of itself. Given Monks have to relate with one another, Monks do not wall off spirituality from life, they merely adopt an ascetic life. The test of their spirituality lies in capacity to love one another in midst of that ascetic life. If anyone thinks that is easy, imagine how difficult it is for husbands and wives — two people who live together — to love each other in today’s world. Now imagine figuratively having a hundred wives or husbands to love after praying, studying, and meditating for perhaps four hours in contexts within which chores are shared between brother Monks. When Monks are truly Monks, being a Monk is a test of spirituality.

Whenever people wall off life in search of spirituality, the test of the new spirituality is capacity to live differently within context of whatever permutation of that old life they subsequently choose to live.

Spirituality that cannot be integrated into life has no practical value meaning it really is religion that does not require assembly with anyone else in context of a religious gathering.

Many people are abandoning traditional forms of religion for what they think is spirituality. Careful perusal of what they have transitioned to sometimes reveals no more than religion that does not require religious gatherings. They exchange organized religion for customized, individualized religion.

For a spiritual take on essence of spirituality, I encourage you to check out this article by moi on true meaning of Spirituality.

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