Any religion is a unity of religious conscience, worship and religious organizations. The religious mind has two levels: the religious doctrine and religious psychology of people. A religious cult is an attitude of people to the highest unearthly forces and manifests itself through worship, sacrifices, rituals, festivals, pilgrimages. In a religious cult object of cult activity is the upper force, the object of worship is this the power embodied in religious images. Subject of a cult is a religious group or individual. Motive for participating in a cult is a need in the spiritual liberation, overcome suffering, satisfying religious aspirations. As a means of worship are temples, mosques, temples, various religious objects, Church plate, items of religious art (architecture, sculpture, painting). Methods of cult activity - it is a certain system and the sequence of carrying out religious activities at the level of society, a group of people, a family or an individual person in a temple, Church, at home or in the cult place. Methods of cult activities depend primarily on the religious consciousness of the people.
Religious organizations are very complicated education. They can occupy the dominant position in a particular country or a denomination, play a secondary role or in General be subject to persecution. Religious organizations may eventually be formed in a separate religion, may form alliances, to join associations, councils, etc.
In the domestic religious studies there are three types of religious organizations: for example, in Christianity, Church, sect or denomination. This division is about conditionally. The Church includes the majority or a significant part of the population of the country or territory. In Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism there is a hierarchy of priests of their faith. Sect (from lat. sequor - «follow») - a General name for the religious creeds, separated from the dominant Church. In ancient times sects called group or school of followers of the religious philosophers. With the advent of Christianity the sectarians were called followers of the teachings of the convicts of the dominant Church. In the sect of the priesthood, as a rule, is absent, the leadership is charismatic. In the sect sharply expressed desire for the spiritual revival of the members, the sign of which is considered to enforce a moral code and religious prescriptions. For the denomination typical of the adoption of diverse ideas, religious practices and religions. In the denomination, as in the Church, there is a clear organization coordinating the activities of the communities, and the hierarchy of governance. However, members of the denomination does not fall on the priests and laymen, there are authoritative Ministers of religion.
In the Eastern churches, in some cases, there are no clear boundaries of religious organizations. For example, in China, many people profess Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism at the same time, and in Japan, Buddhism and Shintoism. In different life situations and in solving different tasks they appeal to different religions. In Hinduism there is no clear-cut religious organization. In India there are a number of theological schools and movements that do not meet the criteria of any of the three types of religious organizations. For example, the movement of the «Golden age» of Teachers Tracings of Bhagavan is designed for people of all faiths, of both sexes, all ages and professions. For Bhagavan's the main thing that they want to be enlightened, to live in love and harmony, without suffering and to help other people in their work on himself, on his spiritual perfection.