Question: How can spirituality escape the confines of religion?

Sri Chinmoy: Each religion has its own way of expressing itself with regard to the unlimited One but, unfortunately, this expression itself is limited. Religion is only a house, and nobody can claim that his house has everything. We can buy more furniture, but the size of the house will remain the same. Once we accept the spiritual life, however, our religion becomes our love of God. And when we love God, everything inside us expands. Our love of God is the continuous expansion of our entire reality.

Love of God is the only true religion. Is there any religion that will not tell us to love God? But alas, some religions will say, "Love God, but do it in my way. Only if you come to church, only if you come to the temple, only if you come to the mosque will your love of God be perfect. The other ways are all wrong."

True love of God is not like that. If I love God, God will tell me, "Why should there only be roses in the religion-garden? There can be other flowers as well." One person will come and appreciate the rose, and someone else will come and appreciate another flower. So we have to love God in every possible way — through what we say and what we do, through constant self-giving on every level of our consciousness. Then only will we never try to confine anybody.

You asked how spirituality can escape from the confines of religion. Escape is not the right word. What is needed is not escape but illumination. And we can illumine religion only by loving God in God's own Way.

Sri Chinmoy, Love, Agni Press, 2006