Religion is a collection of cultural systems, belief
systems, and worldviews that relate humanity to
spirituality and sometimes to moral values.
Many religions have
narratives, Symbols, Traditions and Sacred
histories that are intended to give meaning to life
or to explain the origin of life or the universe.
They tend to derive morality, ethics, religious
laws or a preferred lifestyle from their ideas
about the cosmos and human nature.
According to some estimates, there are roughly
4,200 religions in the world.
Because it crosses so many different
boundaries in human experience, religion
is notoriously difficult to define. Many
attempts have been made, however, and
while every theory has its
limitations, each perspective contributes
to our understanding of this complex
Religion in context with the time element:
In ancient times, knowledge could be divided
APARA VIDYA – the knowledge of the physical world
from the outer senses
PARA VIDYA the Spiritual Knowledge gained from the
inner senses or inner faculties–
Para Vidya can be imparted only by a competent
Guru, who aids the disciple to seek in his own way
for himself, at the proper time.
It had never been a part of the general educational
system, but an exclusive jurisdiction of the Spiritual
The formal education was preceded by initiation into
spiritual practices – Upanayanasamskara
Upanayanasamskara – It refers to fully
recognizing the great importance of spiritual
awakening for the all round development of human
Institutions of religious initiation gave way to
The lack of appreciation of its importance, the arts
and crafts, sciences and technology lost their
moorings (connections or tie-ups).
Its purpose of the ultimate good of humanity and
began to lead to mere excellence in skills and
The present state of religion in society is atrocious
Expecting the younger generation to owe allegiance
to the religions of the older generations
Lack of loyalty
Lack of explanation of basic
Principles and fundamental doctrines
Unconcerned, aggressive and antagonistic
The responsibility of teaching the basic principles
and universal Doctrines, that inspires their
symbolism, practices and institutions lie with the
What does we need?
Moral teachings in schools and colleges.
No propagation of one’s religion.
Exposure to highest objects of religion.
Inspiring stories of great lives of men of all
religions and countries.
Practical approach and pure understanding.
Awakening of spiritual faculties.
Working towards world community and world peace.
INDIA – Current
standing & significance
India is a land of diverse cultures, its been known for
its spirituality and philosophy.
It’s a birth place of some religions, which even exist
today in the world.
The most dominant religion in India today is
Hinduism. About 80% Indians are Hindus.
Around 500BC two other religions developed in India:-
Jainism – 0.5% of Indians
Buddhism – 0.7% of Indians
In India, there is a lack of implementation of religious
ethics and values in the educational curriculum.
The reference of religion can only be seen in
Philosophies and Humanities.
India is being looked upon by the entire world to give
and spread the message of
unifying all life
The necessity of developing an awareness of the Spirit
and the importance of the development of the
Spiritual faculty, is paramount in achieving the ideal
of Fatherhood of God and Brotherhood of Man.
Following such an ideal world would be a major
unifying force, eventually leading to WORLD PEACE !