Some say religion evolved from root word religio meaning reference for God or gods.
Others say religion evolved from root word religare which means to bond, tie together.
Both are valid! Religion is primarily a set of beliefs and practices indulged collectively by human beings. Believers of religion indulged in various religious practices that glorified god but have it anything to do with reaching God in our lifetime. Just a blank no!
Practitioners of religion never gained anything worthwhile in their lifetime. Going to temples, churches and mosques and praying to God Almighty does not mean anything. We simply gained nothing out of it except outwardly satisfaction.
The true relationship with God exists only in path of spirituality as detailed in Bhagavad Gita. The teachings of Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita say every single human being on mother earth had a spark of divinity within to reach God in their lifetime.
Indulging in Indian spirituality correctly Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohammed successively reached God in their lifetime. And so did Adi Shankaracharya, Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharshi Ramana.
Reaching God means realizing our real self within! As per Bhagavad Gita we are primarily a spirit, a cosmic traveler that manifests human form to work out its karma, remove dross impurities within. Indulging in spirituality when human beings reached state of enlightenment, the cosmic journey for soul atman finally ends forever.
Reaching state of enlightenment and finally moksha salvation, what does it mean? The state of enlightenment, also called self realization, god realization is the stage in the cosmic life cycle of a soul atman when it finally liberates self from cycle of birth and death. In absence of dross impurities within the need for soul atman to manifest a human body now ceases to exist.
The only purport of spiritual journey is we as soul atman, the spirit regaining our lost original pure prime pristine primordial form forever. The moment an enlightened one left mortal frame one gains moksha salvation, enters abode of God (Vaikuntha in Hinduism) permanently.
The purpose of human life is not only worshipping, praying to God. The purpose of human life is becoming a pure soul atman forever. This pure soul atman finally merges with Brahman, God Almighty.
Our relationship with God is that of an individual piece of puzzle and the completed puzzle. If an individual piece of puzzle is an independent soul atman, the completed puzzle God Almighty. After reaching state of enlightenment and finally moksha salvation the individual piece of puzzle (soul atman) finally rejoins its source Brahman (God Almighty).
Indulging in spirituality, reaching God in our lifetime, was there anything nobler than that!