What is the difference between religion and philosophy?

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As a yoga teacher, this question is a daily topic in my mind because I often face the question: Is yoga a religion? Sometimes, I turn to the person and ask back: Would you like it to be? Or would you prefer it not to be? These are the most fascinating conversations a practitioner can have.

In our society, the word “religion” is loaded, just like words such as race, freedom, and money. They are avoided as if they didn’t exist or are unimportant, but in reality, they are some of the most important issues we face. They are the driving force behind all we do.

Let’s discuss this aspect together and have a conversation. Is it a religious practice? Is it a religion? What is the difference?

There are three major differences between the two approaches to thinking.

Belief and Examination Examen

Just like a computer, the human brain is designed to sort information. We sort the information that comes to us. This is an extremely beneficial function; it helps us survive. It is also a very useful tool for all religious ideas as they lay down rules.

Joining a religion is easy. The rules are clearly written, and if we follow them, the reward is waiting for us.

The philosopher’s first and most difficult step is to adopt a new way of thinking. They commit to neutrality by slowing the “sorting “process. They put all ideas in the “neutral box” for future examination instead of labeling and judging everything. Time will tell whether this is a good idea or not.

They don’t immediately take sides because they know that no one knows for sure what we are talking about. Knowing that no one can be sure is more important to understand than being right. This applies to God, nature, human emotions, life after death, etc.

Why is there a rush to know if tthere’sno proof? How can we be sure? This would be a belief, and that’s great, but not philosophy.

The Spoken Word

The written word is the basis of religious knowledge. The Bible, the Koran, and other books are examples. There are many different translations, but you can read the clear explanations at the end. IIt’sgreat.

Socrates was the father of philosophy, but he had never written a word. We know everything about him from his followers and others who took notes on his words. He was, and may still be, the greatest thinker of his day. He often believed that spoken words have power, and once they are written down, it is half dead.

Ancient yoga teachers taught only in person. Nothing is written, but all the teachings are verbal and based on practice and experience.

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Most religious teachings discourage us from making our own decisions and even deny that we have a choice. As long as you follow the path, you will be taken care of. We are in good hands. They cannot be responsible for us if we leave this box.

What do you think? Do you have an opinion? What is your opinion? What was your experience? What are you sure of? What do you know for sure?

The first few questions are not answered, but we will find the answers.

I believe that the only way to happiness is by following the spiritual path and meeting our physical, emotional, mental, and bodily needs.

There are several ways to accomplish this, and none of them is better. All religions, I believe, lead to one God, and all philosophy leads to human goodness. That’s just my opinion.

There seems to be a fine line between philosophy and religion, and it may depend on which one we choose. I hope that we make the right choice and have a good time. Since I am on this journey with you, I am grateful.

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