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November 22, 2010

Morality Vs. Spirituality

In India, even if we don’t talk about political corruption or big immortality issues.

But still as common people too we need to face immortality behavior from our near/dear/neighbors/relatives etc. Overall, as a society, sometimes, it seems, on whom we should trust?  Even though the person is going to temple or derasar or church every day, he/she thinks they are in a right path of spirituality. But they must question their conscious that are they following law and order?

In schools, as part of Personality development, we must have such practical approach and lessons/projects in school.

As a kid, where in we need to learn more code of ethics/ morality, we sometimes learn immortality from surroundings. If few kids are really sensitive then they can sense easily that many people those who are very religious or so called spiritual, are not following right ethics. Then in such situation, few may get upset by our traditions/rituals and either block them self from achieving the heighest. Few of them, feel hoti hai chalti hai and become part of the same system.

First of all, we should understand Morality Vs. Spirituality.

Morality (from the Latin moralities “manner, character, proper behavior”) is a sense of behavioral conduct that differentiates intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are good (or right) and bad (or wrong). A moral code is a system of morality (for example, according to a particular philosophy, religion, culture, etc.) and a moral is any one practice or teaching within a moral code.

Morality has two principal meanings:

  • In its “descriptive” sense, morality refers to personal or cultural values, codes of conduct or social mores that distinguish between right and wrong in the human society. Describing morality in this way is not making a claim about what is objectively right or wrong, but only referring to what is considered right or wrong by people. For the most part right and wrong acts are classified as such because they are thought to cause benefit or harm, but it is possible that many moral beliefs are based on prejudice, ignorance or even hatred.This sense of the term is addressed by descriptive ethics.
  • In its “normative” sense, morality refers directly to what is right and wrong, regardless of what specific individuals think. It could be defined as the conduct of the ideal “moral” person in a certain situation. This usage of the term is characterized by “definitive” statements such as “That act is immoral” rather than descriptive ones such as “Many believe that act is immoral.” It is often challenged by moral nihilism, which rejects the existence of an any moral truths,[6] and supported by moral realism, which supports the existence of moral truths. The normative usage of the term “morality” is addressed by normative ethics.

 

Spirituality can refer to an ultimate or immaterial reality;[1] an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of their being; or the “deepest values and meanings by which people live.”[2] Spiritual practices, including meditation, prayer and contemplation, are intended to develop an individual’s inner life; such practices often lead to an experience of connectedness with a larger reality, yielding a more comprehensive self; with other individuals or the human community; with nature or the cosmos; or with the divine realm.[3] Spirituality is often experienced as a source of inspiration or orientation in life.[4] It can encompass belief in immaterial realities or experiences of the immanent or transcendent nature of the world.

Suggesting school project

In a school, from primary education, we need to have one class weekly for moral values development. Something like.

1)      Who is most helpful girl/boy in a class? (Everyone need to share most good experience from other friend or classmate and submit it to the class teacher.)

2)      Who is most honest girl/boy in a class? (Everyone need to share most honest/touchy experience on honesty from friend/classmate and submit that note to the class teacher) etc.

Dear readers, You also share your ideas on morality. India has rich history and variety of material on spirituality. But escaping morality we will fail to achieve our highest. Help yourself. Help our Nation J Jay Hind J

Ref:

  1.  Johnstone, Megan-Jane (2008). Bioethics: A Nursing Perspective. Elsevier Health Sciences. pp. 102–103. ISBN 978-0729538732
  2. Superson, Anita (2009). The Moral Skeptic. Oxford University Press. pp. 127–159. ISBN 978-0195376623
  3. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/amorality. Retrieved 2010-06-18.  “having no moral standards, restraints, or principles; unaware of or indifferent to questions of right or wrong”
  4. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/amoral#Adjective. Retrieved 2010-09-09.  “(of people) not believing in or caring for morality and immorality”
  5. http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Amoral. Retrieved 2010-09-09.  “…amoral persons either do not possess ethical notions at all as a result of an unusual upbringing or inborn traits (see the so-called Antisocial personality disorder) or else do not subscribe to any moral code. This latter may in turn mean strong individualistic leanings that do not get codified into a universally applicable system. Someone may maintain that he will do as he likes and let others do the same, if they so desire, without turning this into a general principle as, for example, Kant’s categorical imperative would require. Because whoever says so only expresses his personal preference or informs about the way he is going to act, the position is consistent. An amoralist might also make a stronger point that moral systems are arbitrary and unfounded on the whole, which is an epistemic or anthropological claim and not an ethical one. For this principled sort of amoralist, see Stirner and to a degree Marquis de Sade.”

 6. The Definition of Morality (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

7. Ewert Cousins, preface to Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, Modern Esoteric Spirituality, Crossroad Publishing 1992.

8. Philip Sheldrake, A Brief History of Spirituality, Wiley-Blackwell 2007 p. 1-2

4 Comments »

  1. A spiritual person, if one really is spiritual, would also be a person with high morality. However, in India most people are only religious, not spiritual. Being religious does not guarantee true knowledge about Self (Atma and Anantma). Thus we tend to restrict our morality to those acts which are supportive of our motives and ignore those which are hard to practice. True morality comes by being responsible and conscious about our role in society, being far-sighted to see self-interest Vs. larger interest of society.

    The solution given by you makes absolute sense. Children can be taught it quite effectively compared to a grown person. Just like we reward ranker in class, reward most friendly or helpful student. Conduct counseling sessions, make them aware about their responsibility as a student, Show them benefits of being moral…the list is endless…

    Comment by Uday Trivedi — November 23, 2010 @ 3:56 am | Reply

  2. The questions of morality and ethics seems so simple. We all know they are not. We can teach morality “lessons” to school children and reward them for their “good” deeds. But does that happen in reality? How many times do we get rewarded as moral citizens in our country? I have an anecdote to share with you all – a testimony rather than a mere story.

    A 63 year old man and his wife stay in a small house. They need to take care of themselves. The man needs to work, very well as he has been working since past four decades. He goes out and asks for work. And in return he gets a blunt reply from the young man on the other side – “….unless you give me some money, I can not give you work”. What should the old man do? Pay the money and get some work to keep the household running? Or should he be “moral” and die of hunger?

    What about the young man who asked the old man for money? What is that person’s situation? Why is he asking money for something which is not acceptable according to “morality” concerns? Is he himself getting paid adequately for his job? May be yes, or may be no. Who knows!

    Morality and ethics fail when simple people are stuck in real-life situations. Education can help but by those time children grow up, the “system” will already have molded them to act “immorally” as per the scriptures. But is it really possible to morally and ethically judge the good from the bad or the right from the wrong? Whose perspective matters? The old man’s or the young man’s? Too many questions to answer….too many experiences to live before answering….

    Comment by Suman Kanal — November 23, 2010 @ 8:38 am | Reply

  3. Dear hiarals,
    Very nice and in-depth article regarding morality and spirituality. I accidentally visited your blog reading about this article in another blog and it got me interested because such are my favorite topics.I think morality and spirituality go hand in hand to a great extent.All religions of the world teach first the lessons of good conduct and right behavior to the humanity which means having high moral values.To attain high moral values is a momentous task.For this you have to become serene and pure at heart leaving aside greed,jealousy,carnal desires,anger and so on.If you are devoid of all these then only spirituality will descend on you.Therefore moral values are like gates if they are opened then only the light of spirituality can enter within.I will quote Talmud: ” what is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man.This is the law all the rest is commentary”. I think this is thumb rule for all moral codes. now i will quote prophet Muhammad which is a thumb rule for spirituality. ” Not one of you is a believer (in God) until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself”.

    Comment by raol1810pr — November 25, 2010 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

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