Spirituality in the Mundane

It is tempting to believe that the sublime can only be appreciated during meditation and deep thought. The classic image of the guru or hermit communing with nature and achieving inner peace is certainly not without its merits. A life free of distraction is indeed a life receptive to peace but we can’t all pick up and live in tranquil landscapes.

It is important therefore to learn how to see the potential for bliss in our everyday lives. After all, spirituality is an important way of recovering our world from the chaos that often surrounds us.

Inner World

During our daily routines, we can end up losing sight of our deeper selves. We are busy retaining a certain amount of distance between ourselves and others or finding ways to keep some kind of status amongst our peers. It can lead us into poor habits of communication and interaction and undermine our ability to feel self-worth.

One way of combating the lethargy of the mundane is allowing our inner world to inform our outer world. As children, our inner worlds formed a greater part of our personality and kept life fun and interesting. As we get older it is more difficult to access our inner world and check in with our true selves to check that we are moving in a direction we are truly comfortable with.

Life Goals

Once we have accessed our inner worlds and formed a deeper connection with our spiritual self we can begin to look further down our road and understand our future. This is not to say self-understanding necessarily means seismic shifts to our lives. Whether you are an office administrator in Franklin TN or concrete contractors Henderson NV, your life goals will be based on what truly makes you happy. Ultimately that is how you interact with the forces in your life.

Our life goals are often based on how we want to bring our inner worlds and outer worlds together. If our personal spirituality permeates our daily work life we find our inner world changing, expanding in union with what is possible rather than impossible. Our life goals, though they can seem very specific at times, are often deeper than getting a promotion, buying a car or extension for our house. They represent the ideal of happiness that we strive to seek, and it is that ideal which should lead the way.


For some of us, the thought of routine is like a form of prison. Repetition can be incredibly dull and, if we let it,  can lead us towards despair and resentment. Unfortunately, repetition can be incredibly damaging and spiritually draining. But routine is always to be expected in life. It can be as important to our spiritual health as breathing.

It is important then, to take a mature and proactive approach to repetition and routine. We know it must be part of life, so why not take a longer view of your routine? Those moments when you can operate on autopilot, it is possible to keep a long view of yourself, access your inner world and approach your routine as you would a prayer, a chant or a meditation.

Danger of Fanaticism in Religion

Danger of Fanaticism in Religion

What really is religious fanaticism? It can be broadly defined as obsessive enthusiasm with religion, accompanied with zeal that is often uncritical. Many students of this subject have opined that lots of mankind’s problems can be traced to this fanaticism.

What’s the difference between fanaticism and fundamentalism?

To many, these terms may be used interchangeably. In reality, however, there is a major difference. Religious fanatics are usually characterized by extremism and an unswerving devotion to personal beliefs. Fundamentalists, on the other hand, are generally recognized as more law-abiding and tolerant, in spite of holding firmly to personal beliefs. Fanatics have been observed to be pretty happy to break the law and commit heinous acts in the name of religion. This, at times, includes committing such crimes as murder. Shockingly, this is often done in God’s name.

Generally, fanaticism results from a tendency to adhere too strictly to the beliefs and tenets of a given religious order. This is evident from a careful study of such horrific historical occurrences like the holy crusades of the mediaeval ages and modern acts of worldwide terrorism.  Here is a closer look at fanaticism.

Further, religious fanatics often use theology to manipulate followers and keep them under strict control. Many religious orders have been known to use threats and the message of eternal damnation to keep followers under check. Many times , the believers are even set against one another, with horrendous consequences.

Some have noted that religious fanaticism has chiefly been responsible for setting back the clock of science. Examples are often cited of such incidences like those involving Galileo Galilei and Copernicus who were persecuted for defending scientific truth from powerful misguided religious authorities. Fanaticism has also been associated with political and governmental control from ancient times, along with charismatic leaders who, in effect, keep followers under lock and key. The kings of ancient Judea did that with Judaism, Roman authorities did the same with Christianity and the Caliphs of the Near East did the same with Islam.

Death, Destruction and Fanaticism

Many dangerous modern-day cults have pushed fanaticism to unimaginable levels. Below are a few of these that have shocked the world with horrendous deeds, done in the name of religion

1. People’s Temple: This cult was led by Jim Jones, a charismatic leader of the 1950’s. Jones quickly recruited members, using his gift of the garb, gaining many followers. He was reputed to be anti-racist and a fighter for the poor. However, Jones physically and sexually molested his charges and was later deported from the US. He went to Jonestown, Guyana, later ordering the massacre of 909 people, including 303 children. They all drank fruit juice laced with cyanide.

2. Order of Solar Temple: The cult was led by Luc Jouret and Joseph Di Mambro. It was first set up in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1994 Di Mumbro ordered a child murdered on a wooden stake, claiming it was the anti-Christ. He later presided over the ‘Last Supper’ and a horrendous mass suicide, killing 100 followers. Many were either poisoned, suffocated or burnt.

Certainly, from the foregoing, religious fanaticism poses a huge danger to society that, if not checked, can lead to mass destruction and massive disorder in human society.