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Hashtag Spirituality with Ranjit

#Year2Starting 22 February 2020, I have been posting a message a day on Twitter, under the hashtag #SpiritualitywithRanjit. Never imagined that on 22-Feb-2022, #SpiritualitywithRanjit would complete 2 years of continual daily posting. Never imagined that it would grow into India’s first #interfaith community that considers science an ally of spirituality. Thank you everyone. Thank you Almighty!

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#Throwback: Old banner from 18-Aug-2020 when we completed 180 days

What is #SpiritualitywithRanjit?

Self-evident from the hashtag title, these tweets are based on my own views and experiences on God, spirituality, immateriality, piety and secular beliefs in the supernatural being that formed a part of the solutions towards ensuring a lasting world peace and a greener planet. I have come across these thoughts over a period of four decades.

#SpiritualitywithRanjit (SWR) is India’s first interfaith community and considers science an ally to advancing humanity’s spiritual understanding. SWR strives for world peace and an abundant green planet by helping people see beyond the narrow confines of nationality and religions to realize the power of religion-neutral, gender-neutral, geography-neutral spirituality in making their lives better and the world a better place to live in.

An itsy-bitsy history

Born to a Hindu Brahman family, I had a religious upbringing that was more spiritual and secular. The concept followed was—I may be a born Hindu, but I should love Muslims, Christians, Jains, Shankaria Vaishnavites, Sikhs and animists—the followers of faiths common in my place of birth.

The first visual representation of God for me was the Hindu God Lord Shiva, followed by the Hindu Goddess of Learning Saraswati. Around the same time, I was also introduced to the hymns to Jesus Christ and the prayers to Allah through various sources, which included a Christian cemetery nearby as well as a missionary school and some family friends.

My experiments with religion and spirituality continued throughout my school days in Guwahati, and then in my college and professional days in and around New Delhi. In my new city of residence, I met people from some other faiths—Parsees (Zoroastrians), Jews, Baháʼís, and Jehovah’s Witnesses. I also got to know about communities like ISKCON, Brahma Kumaris, Osho and Ananda Foundation. All these added to my experiences.

My thoughts on spirituality have been on an ever-evolving trajectory. Each day has been a learning experience towards a better understanding of the supernatural being and towards a finer attempt to find a meaning behind our existence on this planet as well as in this universe, more precisely, in these multiverses! All these experiments have in some strange way gestured to me to reach out to people and tell them about the greatness of God, the formless, all-pervading, omniscient, omnipotent, omnific, omnipresent, omnibenevolent, omniactive, supreme being, who is above all religions and countries.

It was as if Lord Shiva told me that He was the same as Lord Allah. And Lord Allah told me that He was the same as Lord Abraham, and so on and so forth.

Based on my experiences, I founded #SpiritualitywithRanjit, India’s first #interfaith community promoting #spiritualevolution, #worldpeace, and a #greenerplanet through science and religion neutrality.

Spirituality with Ranjit is a non-profit that aims to make the world a better place for everyone by spreading the message of love, peace, non-violence, tolerance, humanism, interfaith harmony, and religion-neutral spirituality.

I believe that all living things are spiritual in various degrees. Our level of understanding of spiritual matters is proportional to our spiritual evolution.

As a community, its aim is to help people on their paths to spiritual evolution and to establish an egalitarian society that works towards world peace and a greener planet through science and religion neutrality.

I feel that regardless of whichever religion we belong to, whatever professional training we have, or whatever we would like to call ourselves—theists, #atheists, #agnostics, #pagans, #heathens, #irreligionists, #infidels, #blasphemers, #heretics or #rationalists—we cannot call ourselves truly spiritual if we bring up these barriers between us and others.
Although I am not a professional healer in the usual sense, I have successfully helped people in the past get through their problems with my counseling and silent, interfaith prayers.

I think people from all walks of life will surely be benefitted from my unique experiences and experiments. My unique understanding will certainly add to the efforts of those who endeavour to make this world a better place to live in. With this premise in mind, I started the a-message-a-day service on Twitter, sharing my thoughts under the hashtag #SpiritualitywithRanjit from my personal Twitter handle @ranjitksharma.

#SpiritualitywithRanjit (SWR), the daily message service on Twitter, is gradually developing into a strong global interfaith community that aims at helping people see beyond the narrow confines of nationality to make the world a better place to live in through the pursuit of religion-neutral, gender-neutral, geography-neutral spirituality and world peace. It has now its own Twitter handle @SpiritualityWR, its own Facebook page fb.me/SpiritualitywithRanjit, a Medium Publication, a YouTube channel, a LinkedIn group, a WordPress blog spiritualitywithranjit.wordpress.com, a Podcast channel Anchor.fm/SpiritualitywithRanjit, a newsletter hub GetRevue.co/profile/SpiritualityWR and own email ID spiritualitywithranjit@gmail.com.

You can see some of the old Tweets in the following screenshot.

Screenshot of #SpiritualitywithRanjit Tweets

Initially I chose Twitter over other platforms, because it gave me the independence and the required scaffolding to be precise and clear in identifying each thought uniquely. The added benefit includes the ability to post even when I have pressing deadlines to meet in my editorial projects, through which I earn my bread and butter. Even today, I post my first post on Twitter, followed by others.

Of course, I also have the advantage of expanding my tweets in the form of blog posts or YouTube videos in due course of time.

An ultimate vision

Let us share here our audacious dream and vision. All the continents were once together in the form of a land mass called Pangaea. With time we separated out. All the humans together belong to one species. Yet, we created the borders, separating one nation from the other and spending millions of dollars in securing these man-made frontiers.

We think that it is now time to #BreaktheBorders and recreate a practical Pangaea land. No borders, no military, no countries, no disparities; just one Earth, one nation, one currency. Cities that are currently the national capitals of various countries take five-yearly turns to become the mega-capital of the proposed Pangaea land. This rotational system of capitals, in the ascending order of the current national wealth of the countries, will ensure development in the poorest lands on Earth.

Since there will be no military expenditure (a minimal police force can exist), the huge wealth saved can be utilized to judiciously use and store all of the energy available on our planet, thus leading us to become a Type 1 civilization in the Kardashev scale.

The humble hits

I would like to share some achievements here:

  • On 16 September 2020 at 12 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) (9:30 pm IST), I presented my first talk at the Global Interfaith Dialogue, New York, USA, organised by Avadhuta H. H. Jagat Guru Dileepji Maharaj (Dileepkumar Thankappan). This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to have kind of represented India at a global forum and made an attempt to promote my interfaith non-profit, before an august gathering comprising religious leaders from various faiths, based out of the USA. The Zoom meeting was also simultaneously broadcast live on Facebook, and it had a combined viewership of around 300 from across the globe. Here is the link to the Zoom-recorded version of my presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo4UOz63wWg
  • In the month of MayJun 2020, we had over 55,000 Twitter impressions through the two Twitter handles (@spirtualitywr and @ranjitksharma) combined.
  • We are humbled by the fact that the followers of our daily Tweets include not just Indians but also Muslim clerics from Pakistan, UK, and Niger, Christian pastors and ministers from Kenya, Congo, Poland, UK and USA, Jew Rabbis from Israel as well as atheists, agnostics, astronomers, physicists, climate activists, interfaith scholars and associations from the USA, Norway, Finland, Bangladesh, Ghana and Australia. There are many other countries whose citizens have become our Twitter followers and have showered their love on us. The list is growing and I am sorry that I am unable to list them all here.
  • On 23-Apr-2020, we launched #FearNotThereIsGod campaign that helps people fight #COVID19 #lockdown stress and anxiety through #interfaith spiritual support.
  • MENAFN (The Middle East North Africa Financial Network), a Delaware (USA)-based newspaper portal published #SpiritualitywithRanjit’s press release as a news item. Here is the link to the published news item. Here’s the link to the original press release on Online PR Media.

What people from across the world say

  • We need more people spreading light and joy! —USA
  • Very thought provoking concept! —India
  • Keep being awesome! —UK
  • Beautiful thoughts! —India
  • Soon we shall be a global village. —Kenya
  • You are doing a great job. Your thoughts are your own and they do force me to reflect … —India
  • Our society needs people like you who adds value to the humanity. —India
  • You really write well and with a lot of understanding. Please keep encouraging. —India

Links

Following are the various ways to communicate online with SWR:

For those who love us in both cash and kind

Acting on the suggestions from a handful of our well-wishers, we have now started accepting donations (handouts or tips, whatever you want to call them) to sustain ourselves and to materialise our short-term and long-term goals, which cannot actualise without the support of our friends, well-wishers and patrons.

The best part is that we did receive some handouts in the recent past from a handful of our patrons, who insisted on donating and helping us. The funds were meagre, so we utilised them in promoting our messages on the social media.

If you want to be one of our first line of contributors, do read further.

Let me tell you a little about our background (already shared in detail in the main article).

Spirituality with Ranjit is a non-profit that aims to make the world a better place for everyone by spreading the message of love, peace, non-violence, tolerance, humanism, interfaith harmony, and religion-neutral spirituality.

We believe that all living things are spiritual in various degrees. Our level of understanding of spiritual matters is proportional to our spiritual evolution.

Our aim is to help people on their paths to spiritual evolution and to establish an egalitarian society that works towards world peace and a greener planet through science and religion neutrality.

In order to realize our vision, we have chalked out a number of short-term and long term goals. Our current focus is to be able to connect with as many people as possible.

🍀 Here are a few of our goals:

✳️ Sending out regularly our newsletter Love Letter from the Universe

✳️ Improving the technical quality (with better gadgets) and increasing the frequency of our podcasts

✳️ Completing and publishing our handbook

✳️ Starting another newsletter to attract people who love fiction

✳️ Improving the technical quality (with better gadgets and a video editor) and increasing the frequency of our YouTube videos

✳️ Starting an interfaith online radio

If any of the above interests you, do click on the following links to make your contributions:

✳️ If you are an Indian donor, you may pay in Indian rupees through PayTM and PayU.

✳️ If you are a donor residing outside India, you may pay in USD or other currencies through PayPal and Stripe.

Remember, you can donate any amount. When it comes to charity, remember that no amount is a small amount!

Alternatively, you may become a paid member of our newsletters on Revue.

🍀 Here are a few rewards for you if you become a paid member:

✳️ Stay up to date with our latest initiatives

✳️ Be part of a community that promotes equality, love, peace, and non-violence

✳️ Show your support for projects that you are more interested in

✳️ Read our original and exclusive content on spirituality, religion, and science

✳️ Get occasional offers to become our insiders

Kindly click here to become a paid member.

Happy reading!

If my spirituality Tweets have affected your lives in a positive way, do share your experiences with others. Retweet, re-blog, comment, like and share.

If you have the time to retweet any posts you like, you are taking a step in changing the world with me, and I appreciate it. Let others be benefited.

Also, I would like to invite interested individuals and organizations from across the world to collaborate, volunteer and join hands with us in whatever way they can.

#SpiritualitywithRanjit #spiritualawakening #SpiritualQuotes #spiritualgrowth #HumanityFirst #Spirituality #Share #ShareTheLove

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