Spirituality: An Indian Christian Perspective
The term "spirituality" repels and attracts. It repels for a variety o f reasons, chief among them being the tone o f devaluation of the concerns o f life here on earth, the secular, and an apparent over stress on the individual 'spiritual' concerns. Empirical pur- suits and consequent reduced concern for the 'spiritual' have sometimes been seen in conflict. The term 'spirituality', on the contrary, has been exerting an enormous influence and power on peoples - always, in all traditions. After
... l traditions. After analyzing the problem, the author sees spirituality as a moral or soul force, specially in the Indian or Hindu context. All religions do provide innumer- able examples. Many hold that i f religion is the very meaning dimension of a culture, spirituality is the very core of religiosity. It attends to the depth dimension of the human person. To keep the balance between the legitimate concerns of the 'spiritual' and the 'bodily', has been a precarious task in religions. Vigilance over unilateral development can keep the balance. The rendering above o f spirituality in terms of moral force, soul force seems to offer us such a balance. The author pleads that the two religions, Hinduism and Christianity can engage in a fruitful dialogue and interaction to serve the goal o f religion as well as the deepest aspirations o f the people.