Just like our bodies need food and water, like a child needs nutrition and nurturing, like people need a healthy and balanced diet - similarly, we need various other things. Prayer, worship, adoration, devotion and pilgrimage are the needs of our spiritual self.
Prayer and seeking refuge is about having somewhere to turn to when one is devastated and bereft beyond endurance.
Worship and adoration are about boundless, selfless love, gratitude and delight.
Devotion is an attitude of faith that seeps into every aspect of one's being.
Pilgrimage is like food for the soul, a means for self-renewal.
Our daily food now nourishes other higher faculties. And those faculties also need other forms of nourishment.
All of us have these faculties and needs. We all have a faculty of submission. Our psycho-physico-emotional-muscular well-being requires another kind of nourishment. All these feelings and attitudes do things to us, chemically, transforming us into higher beings.
We have to reclaim and rebuild "Religion" in these fundamental human terms. Rather than let it be defined, oppressively and abhorrently, by the so-called fundamentalists.