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What is the difference between spirituality and philosophy?


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The word “spirituality”, as I hear it in contemporary Britain, tends to pick out religion-like statements for people who don’t want any of the hard (but potentially necessary!) bits of religion like dogma, ritual, scripture and so on.  As well as that, it’s often a philosophy-lite, meaning that its proponents think that they don’t have to bother giving any arguments/reasons for their often daft positions.

“I’m a really spiritual person” sets off alarm bells for me.

Quinn Rusnell
Spirituality is a particular philosophy in metaphysics which posits non-material entities. Spirituality tends to be unpopular in philosophy. Most philosophers, at least today, are materialists and athiests, or at least agnostic about spiritual entities. Usually Occam’s Razor is used to dismiss explanations involving spiritual entities. If a natural explanation is available, spiritual explanations are considered superfluous. It is worth noting, however, that it’s extremely difficult to compare explanations and decide which is “more simple”. So prefered types of explanations might just be a matter of personal taste.

At the deepest levels very little. But philosophy tends to be a surface mental exercise for the reader whereas spirituality focuses more under the surface from the start. Compare “answering” a loan with living with the question, one is transformative and the other is not.

This answer demonstrates a deeper level of engagement through philosophy.
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Aurora Clawson

Philosophy is conceptualizing.  It may form a foundation for a life, but if it cannot serve to alter the DNA for the purpose of spiritual growth, it still remains in the realm of ideas to be bantered about and changed any way the wind blows.  People can major in philosophy, even make it their life’s work.  However, it is forever held in surface mind and does not serve to enable the power of focus to be more strongly awakened, nor does it teach the mind to be calm for the purpose of exploration of mind beyond thought.   Thinking about philosophy creates no measurable change in the way the brain itself functions, such as the spiritual practice of meditation does. It is mere speculation, even if deeply embraced by belief.  Philosophy is perceptual leaps and bounds.  No matter how vast one’s perceptual scope may extend, or how creatively it may arrange the stuff of life to accommodate “what ifs’, at the end of one year or 20 years, it has had no effect upon the actual biology, mechanic of thought itself, or deepening capacity to detect information beyond the 5 senses.

Spirituality is an alchemical slow burn.  It is an activation that infuses the cellular structure to the core and ignites coding within the DNA that refines the energetic frequency of the body for the receiving of higher frequencies of knowledge.  It is in application beyond mere speculation that spirituality sustains its power.  The spiritual process is a transformation of very being who is thinking the thoughts.  This is the difference.  At the end of one year one is deeply changed.  At the end of 20 years, their energetic capacity for broadened awareness and the detection of information beyond thought process involved with the information of the 5 senses is increased.

Philosophy is rearranging objectifiable concepts, solely to appease perception and what one can fathom at that point in time.  Spirituality is turning the subject who objectifies the rearranging of concepts inside out. Concepts themselves have little to do with the process.

Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism, while philosophy without religion is mental speculation.
BG 3.3, Purport: The same principle is more clearly explained in the 61st verse—that this buddhi-yoga is to depend entirely on the Supreme (or more specifically, on Kṛṣṇa), and in this way all the senses can be brought under control very easily. Therefore, both the yogas are interdependent, as religion and philosophy. Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism, while philosophy without religion is mental speculation. The ultimate goal is Kṛṣṇa, because the philosophers who are also sincerely searching after the Absolute Truth come in the end to Kṛṣṇa consciousness. This is also stated in the Bhagavad-gītā. The whole process is to understand the real position of the self in relation to the Superself. The indirect process is philosophical speculation, by which, gradually, one may come to the point of Kṛṣṇa consciousness; and the other process is directly connecting everything with Kṛṣṇa in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Of these two, the path of Kṛṣṇa consciousness is better because it does not depend on purifying the senses by a philosophical process. Kṛṣṇa consciousness is itself the purifying process, and by the direct method of devotional service it is simultaneously easy and sublime.

Ansh Agarwal

Spirituality is the realization of your spirit while philosophy is one’s imagination of world. Many can debate on someone’s philosophy forever because its a subjective thesis. While spirituality is realization beyond words which is personal experience and only pointers can be used.

Everyone in the world can have different philosophy but spiritually all are spirits and realization of spirit is in spirituality

According to me philosophy exist until ego exist that of separate me and him/her. When Ego dissolves spirituality arises

spirituality is implementing the philosophies  of life i.e walk the talk  while philosophy is spiritual in nature irrespective of its implementation !!
For eg I can give a big lecture on philosophy but if I am not implementing it in my life than I am not a spiritual person

Stefan Mertens

Spirituality is when people don’t care about being coherent or logical anymore but still want to do something resembling metaphysics.

That’s usually considered a bad trait in modern philosophy.