How spirituality can make a huge differenceThere are always two schools of thought, as far as spirituality is concerned. The first is the rationalist school of communists and other non-believers in God, who swear by everything they call science and try to argue that all spirituality is a waste. The atheists are growing day after day.
However, just the opposite is happening with those who believe in God. If the atheists are growing, like two out of ten people, the rest of the eight are all believers in God, who take to all forms of worship, and visit their native places regularly to pray to their main deity. This is considered as important as anything else, possibly more, in most parts of Southern India.
Be that as it may, spirituality can indeed make a huge difference.
For one, our minds become very calm, when we are engaged in sincere prayer. We are one with the Supreme power, in whom we have faith. We also have had faith in some very good God men, who have shown the world what spirituality is all about.
Spirituality makes us more balanced individuals, making us more calm and more focused. We are able to live in the present, have better presence of mind, and are also to empathize with others.
Contrary to all public perception, spirituality has huge economic gains and a huge amount of sharing as part of it. For instance, the Management of Lord Venkatachalapathy ( also called Lord Balaji), at Tirupathi, are into running hospitals, orphanages and provide free food for millions of devotees.
Similarly, the gigantic Meenakshi temple at Madurail, in Tamil Nadu, is one example of how an entire economy is built around the temple. The scope of the service sector that thrives on the different offerings and the pooja done in the temple has to be seen to be believed. The turnover of the night shops that offer a variety of food to anyone who visits this city, is reported at around 200 crores per annum. Most of the crowd are tourists who visit the temple on an every day basis.
Spirituality also brings it some values such as honesty, integrity and simplicity. Well, there are people who are deeply spiritual, but indulge in all sorts of anti-social behavior. However, it is also true that most law abiding citizens are those who follow spirituality in all walks of life.
All regions different paths to spirituality, but seem to have very many common roots. The effects of spirituality are so huge.
Let us all be spiritual to the maximum extent possible.