Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Spirituality of an Atheist

I recently stumbled upon this video by A. Hughman on his spirituality as an Atheist. This is a truly heartbreaking video I recommend to everyone.



What does it mean to be spiritual? The answers differ based on our worldviews yet beneath it all we share the same Human Spirit. My spirituality rests in the sharing between myself and others, and myself with the Universe. To me, being spiritual is allowing the wonder and beauty of All overtake us until we lose our sense of separateness and blend with All.

7 comments:

A.R.K. said...

"religion serves to prostitute the awe" - I like that.

captron52 said...

How true I do agree! Thank you!

Don said...

This video only serves to make me more thankful, more convinced that yes, there is a reason to be thankful, and a Source to thank. Very nicely done.

anjali kumar said...

Spirituality is not about questioning the existence of God or the relevance of religion.It is about realising that there is more to us than this physical body.The energy and consciousness that makes us think,feel and experience is the same that permeates through the universe.We are just the material manifestaion of this in human form.Conprehending this in our heart than in our mind when in the presence of the majesty of nature is the core of spirituality.

prithihardkaur said...

Thanks for sharing this video- I might be coming from a faith perspective, but I love to hear from both sides when the delivery is eloquent and well-considered.

I can't say I disagree with the author on the whole- afterall, of course many of emotions he describes can be attributed to physiological, sociological or psychological causes. The only place wherein my viewpoint differs is that in referring to God he refers to a "person", or being, a 'causer of causes' to some extent, which I consider to be very limiting as a conception of God. In many ways the author's belief in the 'mystery' (which paradoxically can be unravelled by science) is no different from my own belief...God *is* that mystery for me, though I don't believe it can ever fully be named, charted and analysed...there comes a point when awe and wonder surpass that which can be aroused simply by way of explanation- scientific or otherwise.

Eruesso said...

@prithihardkaur

I don't believe it can ever fully be named, charted and analysed...there comes a point when awe and wonder surpass that which can be aroused simply by way of explanation- scientific or otherwise.

Welcome and thanks for joining the conversation. I complete agree (love your last point, spot on!) and I'd also like to say I took a glance at your site and it looks highly interesting. I know nothing about Sikhs but I'm curious to learn if you're willing to share. Maybe we can learn something from one another. Thanks again.

prithihardkaur said...

Hi again Euresso,

Apologies for being so sloth-like in my reply but I've been away and only just had a chance to start computery stuff again!

I always welcome the opportunity to share Sikhism with others or offer a Sikh perspective on an issue- so of course I'd be delighted to do that with you. As you say I'm sure the learning process would be reciprocal!

Wishing you chardi kalaa! (high spirits).

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