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INTELLECTUALITY VS SPIRITUALITY

Muhammad Yousuf : The word intellectuality is derived from the word intellect which relates to human ability to think and understand things, specially complicated ideas. Contrary to that the word Spirituality has various meaning depending on the mindset of the speaker/writer. To some, it is the concept of having a connection of all spirits to its source which is our creator. To others, it means connection with the source of knowledge by means of a system (Tarikat) not practiced or taught in general academic curriculum, be it in western or eastern society.  One need not be in any defined religion or sect to believe in spirituality. Hinduism or Buddhism also shows some spiritual linkage   , though power and magnitude may differ. On the other hand, intellectuality is a quality of a human being that can be attained by having long and in-depth study on related subjects, provided she/he is blessed with the necessary faculty needed to achieve it. Purpose is to define these two terminologies at conceptual level.

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