Proceedings of The 5th International Conference on New Findings On Humanities and Social Sciences
Can spirituality be used as a tool to withdraw religious orthodoxy?
Though spirituality and religion can have mutual elements shared with each other. But when religious orthodoxy takes the position at one end, spiritual enlightenment struggles to take the similar position at another end, as the congregation is visible at various belief-system, due to certain factors. This paper does not look at those factors in details but attempts to draw a parallel between such two convictions. It starts through the interpretation of discourse and encounters between Sufi’s and Nathyogi’s. It also discusses the convergence of Islam and Hinduism through two peaceful movements; Bhakti and Sufism, how they rejected the sectarian hierarchy and promoted the path of enlightenment, liberation and reason by granting benefit of theological doubt. It argues by positing an argument, if in 21st century, there existed such movements; spirituality might have curtailed some amount of religious orthodoxy witnessed today.
Keywords: religious orthodoxy, enlightenment, spirituality.