The difference between spirituality and new age

doo's picture



Average: 4.8 (5 votes)

I wonder how to define to myself the difference between spirituality and New Age. I find many aspects in New Age that I don't like, for example the "secret" thing that is totally anti-spiritual (passionate desire for material (money)).



leo's picture

Defined through science

I like the following quote of Riktam Kantu which in an answer to a similar question, defines the difference between spirituality and new age:

New age is what science has not discovered yet. Spirituality is what science will never be able to discover.

It is so true. We define something as supernatural when the conventional science has not yet understood it. Healing is supernatural while medicine is natural...

Science will never be able to depict spirituality because science's prime tool is the mind while the essence of spirituality is beyond the mind, hence beyond the scope of science, by definition.

leo | Fri, 03/14/2008 - 02:43
solo's picture

The common factor of

The common factor of spirituality and new age is the realization that reality is not what we perceive through our senses and the mind.

But here ends the similarity. While spirituality uses this understanding to transcend the world and to break the attachment to it, new age takes it to changing the world and thus even strengthen the attachment to the maya.

solo | Sun, 03/16/2008 - 00:58
Quantum's picture

I agree

"While spirituality uses this understanding to transcend the world and to break the attachment to it, new age takes it to changing the world and thus even strengthen the attachment to the maya."

Bravo! Very well and succinctly said. That has been exactly my experience, although I was having trouble articulating it.
Trying to "manifest" something by "thinking" about it (strong mental activity) always made me feel "disconnected." Whereas Being wants nothing. It just is.

Quantum | Thu, 10/01/2009 - 20:06
solomon's picture

New age is fastfood

Spirituality is an authentic, fresh and delicious Chinese food sold on a dirty stall in a busy far-east village street.

New Age is this very same food imported in a preservative can, opened and nicely served in a synthetic fast food chain.

If you consume new age, expect to pay more and get less. In both cases, be aware of what you are eating and expect occasional stomach aches.

solomon | Tue, 03/18/2008 - 07:44
Chaitanya's picture

Kudos

Kudos to your vivid illustration! Beautifully and succinctly stated. You said exactly what I was going to comment, but with much more eloquence.

Chaitanya | Fri, 07/04/2008 - 13:45
santthosh kumaar's picture

WHATEVER IS BASED ON THE SPRIT IS SPRITUALITY

Santthosh
HI DOO,
WHATEVER IS BASED ON EGO IS NOT SPIRITUALITY. THE SPIRITUALITY IS BASED ON THE TRUE SELF WHICH IS SPIRIT. MOST OF THE WORLDS SO-CALLED SPIRITUAL GROUPS ARE BASED ON THE 'I' AS SELF AND WORLD AS REALITY. HENCE THEY CANNOT TRANSPORT SEEKER TO THE CORE OF HIS EXISTENCE WHICH IS NON DUAL REALITY. ONLY SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS LIKE FORMLESS SPIRITUALITY CAN GUIDE THE SEEKER TOWARDS THE REALITY OF HIS EXISTENCE.
WITH RESPECT AND REGARDS
SANTTHOSH

santthosh kumaar | Mon, 06/30/2008 - 22:33
Quantum's picture

Wondeful summary.

I agree.

Trying to "manifest" something, as taught in "The Secret" fed my ego. Make me feel "disconnected."

Being wants nothing. It just is.

Quantum | Thu, 10/01/2009 - 19:55
Toltec Logic's picture

minority vote

Perhaps much the same as far right extremism
has given christianity a bad name, so too
spirtuality has fallen into new age connotations
which many of us may find disagreeable. Where
7th dimensional leprecauns are given the credence
of Sunday morning tele-evangelist taking up a
collection, perhaps there is a common fallacy to be associated with the desire for occult powers, as well
as a great discrepancy surrounding popular trends in
jadded society. Though I see little need for
fascination with powers, I also realize that in this
New Age of sexual alchemy steeped in sorcery I may
well be in the minority.

According to the Tao te Ching the world is sacred

it cann't be improved and yet much like the art of

governing a large nation is similar to cooking a

small fish, We spoil it with to much poking. Living

a spiritual life in this human existence can be a

challenge even under the best of circumstances.

Freedom, liberataion, transformation, illumination

are merely concepts much like fingers pointing at

the moon, if we focus on the fingers we miss what it

means to be authentic beyond the veil of words.

Much lip service is given to living an awakened

life, cults of fancy are created out of dark rituals

unquestioned as consumers are left to fend for them-

selves amid a sea of half truths and lies. And yet

from Hollywood Kabbalah to out right worship

of so called higher intelligence in dianetics, we are daily

bombarded with ever increasing notions of spiritual

entitlements to few of us could afford. One need

only look beneath the surface to recognize that

the source of so many popular beliefs from Scientology

to New Age are deeply rooted in the radical precepts

of western magic(k).

Yet, is it little wonder that in the void created by

established religion the disenchanted would turn to

precepts that expound the virtues of being spiritual

but not religious? We do not need a new religion

new age or otherwise, but merely a greater understand-

ing of society in relation to our human condition.

Great perfect mirror
awakening is
not an idea
but a time when
the knowing essence
becomes manifest

Toltec Logic | Sun, 12/13/2009 - 15:40
brahmajnani's picture

Define Spirituality

True... Spirituality is path travelling which human beings reached their true inner self... their soul atman... the spirit within! Realizing self... realizing god one finally reached stage of enlightenment (termed kaivalya jnana in Hinduism) and finally salvation (moksha)!

God Almighty could only be reached via path of spirituality... never religion... path of rituals! Path of spirituality was best travelled following teachings contained in sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism... foremost of all sacred scriptures existing on mother earth!

brahmajnani | Thu, 03/24/2011 - 05:03
Yonko's picture

Definitions

More and more, folks are attempting to define the difference between spirituality and New Age, spirituality and religion, spirituality and authentic spirituality, etc.

I'm wondering why the need to define is so important? It almost seems like spiritual class warfare.

Yonko

Yonko | Sat, 04/02/2011 - 15:09
Elijah_NatureBoy's picture

Maybe This Will Help!

To be spiritual is to be beyond the need to comfort oneself as we have been conditioned to, to retrain ourselves to accept both magnifiers usually called opposites, to become less dependent on the things man have made and to develop and begin to live more like the rest of the self-reproducing environment called nature. In doing that one becomes less dependent on money.

For me, before I became spiritual I had to pass through the metamorphosis Christians call new birth where my whole focus became to learn how to live integrated with the self-reproducing environment instead of man's attempt at producing a controlled one. The old thought patterns began to recede as the new thoughts emerged, after my spiritual conception, leaving behind the concept of good and evil, right and wrong, god and devil and all the other abstract magnifiers which keep us in a state of confusion.

--Elijah "NatureBoy"-- Presenting SEEDS OF LIFE @
http://prop1.org/protest/elijah/nature.htm

Elijah_NatureBoy | Wed, 02/15/2012 - 17:32