Losing My Religion. ~ Reyna Puri

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on Mar 24, 2013
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I meet people every day who are struggling with the guilt associated with leaving their religion.

Many announce they have left the Christian church or the Temple because of the limitations they’ve associated with the religion. Most confess they just can’t take the contradictions of what they learned from holy books and the practice of the congregants. I often hear sentiments of judgement, pain and belittlement, from those who speak openly against their religious past. Their first inclination is to trash the entire faith as subpar or completely useless.

To these hurt folks, I try to remind them of the beauty in the faith they carried. They are not suffering from a subpar faith, nor an unrighteous religion—they, like many of us, are bearing the burdens of wicked people. If you must go, go.  

But don’t bad mouth the religion—it’s the people, not the God, bothering you.

If you decide to leave a particular faith because you find your spiritual sanity in danger, by all means go. You are obligated to protect your relationship with the Divine.

But please, take God with you—the God you first encountered in the religion.

Leave as a spiritual adult. Appreciate what you actually learned. You can’t say you didn’t learn a single thing  all the time you spent in that religion. Take the good from church, mosque or temple.

Why wouldn’t you do that for God?

You can attempt to abandon it if you want, but you will only be fooling yourself. You can’t ever really leave it. Once you have known love, its presence becomes a part of you. The lessons you learned, the love values you embraced are all relationships you built with God.

That relationship will always exist—it’s a connection that does not sever with the departure of your body.

To those who feel guilty, having encountered new love with Krishna, Buddha, Mohammad, Shakti, or Jesus, release this foreign emotion. It holds no place in the Divine. Why should you feel bad for having loved God in more than one way? As a yogi, I  am happy that you have Jesus. I too have Jesus. God energy is not separate; great Divine powers stick together. I have a relationship with Krishna, Jesus, Allah, Shakti, and Buddha. Jesus and Krishna very much reside in the same realm. And I can tell you first hand, it is great to have even more love! We should not refute love in any form—this is the message many of us miss. The message of the Omnipotent, is that all have access to infinite love, should they only tap into the Light.

To those who find themselves frustrated with the religion of their childhood and all those who are desperate for spiritual change, I encourage you to unpack your bags.  Stay just a little while longer.  You are really what it takes to make change.

If you leave now, who will be left to do God’s work?

Don’t half sell the deal. Every spiritual tribe needs a chief. Perhaps it is your voice, your prayer, your presence that leads the pack to the Divine.

hello!Reyna Puri almost Bollywood actress turned spiritual leader, healer and writer. She lived In India to eventually be a healer. She spins her time between the east and west spreading her uniquely modern style of yogi breath, life and love for almost a decade. Look for her book “We Can All Be A.M.Y”– Fall 2013. Visit her at www.amodernyogi.com .


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6 Responses to “Losing My Religion. ~ Reyna Puri”

  1. Every Religion is like a cup and spirituality is the tea .
    Drink it slowly O Divine ! Be aware to be free.

  2. Jayleigh says:

    I appreciate this. I would also like to add that my spirit path has taken me to a place where there may be no God (at least not a singular personal God) but there is a universe full of various types of consciousness and full of love, in which all beings are continually journeying, learning, growing, and connecting in different ways. It makes it challenging sometimes to know how to pray or relate to religious practices and beliefs that presume a singular personal God. Even though this might be considered a form of atheism, I am still very spiritual.

  3. Dear Reyna,

    I just read your article! It’s fantastic and really speaks to me since I have struggled with having left religion.

    The reason for me leaving my religion was not frustration with the hypocrisy of believers but quite philosophical. The trigger for me was watching my friend fall sick and die from a horrible illness over two years. I was an undergraduate student, therefore in my early 20s. I was brought up as a Muslim – quite strictly but also taught to appreciate faith in all its fullness. Since my father was such an intellectual I was taught there was no conflict between reason, science and faith. Similarly, my mother instilled in me a love of God and prayer. When I witnessed the death of my friend, all that I was taught fell apart. I could not find solace and comfort in what I wholeheartedly believed.

    Perhaps the shock of experiencing and witnessing suffering for the first time was too much for me to handle. People of faith say God tests us but for me even this proposition was cruel. I just couldn’t reconcile a God that would inflict suffering on his/her creatures.

    Losing faith was a painful process especially if you’ve been brought up to think of God as an absolute certainty. I struggled with trying to believe in God all through my 20s. I tried to go beyond the Islamic framework but it didn’t work.

    The hypocrisy of believers, the contradictions of scriptures, the dogma and corruption is just one aspect of losing faith. There are deep philosophical questions that people like me have struggled with.

    I really appreciate your article since I can really relate to it!



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  4. Yonca says:

    This post appeared just at the right time.

  5. Reyna says:

    I like that:))

  6. Reyna says:

    I like your thinking. It's not important to follow a singular God. But to look within and see your light there. I too cannot follow a singular God because as you said the universe and other realms keeps presenting to us many Holy Divine lights. I love them all. Keep your heart chakra open and alive and your mind free just as it seems you are doing!

    Love and light!