Acquiring Spiritual Wealth Will Enrich Your Life
Spiritual wealth is wealth that derives from knowledge. To gain spiritual wealth
entails acquiring spiritual knowledge. Facts and information about the spiritual
aspect of life are what constitute spiritual knowledge. Such facts and information
include: facts about our spiritual nature and the purpose of our life; information
about God and the role He plays in human affairs; facts and information on
the way our spirituality shapes and orders human life and society; and information
on the spiritual principles and processes that regulate our activities and
influence the outcome of our pursuits.
We require these facts and information if we are to avoid groping through life
guided only by our instincts and emotions. We need these facts and information
if we are to perform at our full potential and so get the most out of life.
Let us now examine the many benefits a person will derive from acquiring spiritual
Human ability is limited. So is our life span. Consequently, no one has the
ability or the time to acquire knowledge and skill in all areas of human endeavour.
And so each individual acquires training and then participates in a particular
trade or profession. No human being can accomplish all things. If a businessmanâ€™s
car breaks down, he will need a mechanic to fix it. And in the event that the
mechanic falls ill, he will need to see a doctor for treatment. We need others
and others need us. The sexes need each other in the domestic enterprise of
starting and raising a family. It is an apt description of our situation when
we say: â€œno man is an islandâ€.
Clearly, we are a social species which is why we are constantly interacting
with one another. The day begins at home with interaction amongst family members.
At the work place we are involved with colleagues, superiors or subordinates.
Here also, we have to attend to those who need our products or services and
deal with those whose products or services we need. In between the home and
work place we have to contend with other road users.
How skillful we are at relating to others goes a long way towards determining
how happy and successful we are at home and at work. One of the benefits of
acquiring spiritual knowledge is that it enables us to develop interpersonal
Things do not always turn out happily or successfully in spite of our best
efforts, individually or collectively. There have been instances where doctors
have asked patients to go home and await death as nothing more could be done
for them â€“ medical science has reached its limit. In spite of impressive advances
in modern medicine, sickness is still a major cause of untimely deaths. Technical
faults, human error and natural causes have resulted in tragic loss of human
lives in accidents involving the different modes of transportation. Our sophisticated
early warning devices and protective measures have not always proved adequate
in safeguarding us from natural disasters caused by floods, violent storms
Apparently, our limitations as human beings make us unable to cope with every
situation or circumstance. On our own, we cannot always ensure our safety,
welfare and the success of our pursuits. This is why humans, all through the
ages, have instinctively sought to reach out to a power much greater than them
to help ensure their well being. And the good thing is this. God created us
with limited ability but in His infinite wisdom He has made His unlimited capabilities
available to us.
Another benefit of acquiring spiritual knowledge is that it makes us able to
access the unlimited powers of God through exercise of faith in Him. The dictum,
â€œknowledge is powerâ€ clearly applies here. The spiritually enlightened individual
is a spiritually empowered person.
Human beings have conscience which makes them aware of the choice they ought
to make between right and wrong. This, in effect, means that some things we
say or do are wrong and some things we say or do are right. A natural consequence
of this is that human beings need to be discouraged from doing wrong and they
also need to be encouraged to do good. Hence, wrongdoing usually attracts unpleasant
consequences while the good we do usually brings us reward.
In fact, our criminal justice system conforms to this pattern. Punishment is
meted out to wrongdoers to serve as deterrent. On the other hand, society,
by way of encouragement, offers all manner of rewards and awards for those
who contribute positively to the system. And this includes the wages or salaries
we receive for doing even the most mundane jobs. A porter who helps someone
carry their baggage will be rewarded with a tip. But if he steals a bag and
is caught, the law will punish him.
And this brings us to yet another benefit of acquiring spiritual knowledge.
We are moral beings and spiritual enlightenment enables the individual to attain
a high moral state. In addition to being able to tell right from wrong, such
a person will be very responsive to their conscience. This way, they will be
able to avoid wrongdoing and its repercussions. Such a person will always strive
to do good since they know that good deeds will, sooner or later, be rewarded.
It is said that â€œwhere there is a will, there is a wayâ€ and that â€œif at first
you donâ€™t succeed, try and try againâ€. But not everyone is aware of the amazing
results determination and perseverance can produce in our efforts to realize
our goals and aspirations. Human beings will be spared a lot of worries, doubts
and fears if they are aware of the spiritual principle which provides that
success will inevitably crown our efforts if we persevere in the pursuit of
a goal and if we have faith in God.
Fidel Castro, the Cuban leader, is a man who has made it to the top. His view
on what it takes to journey from the bottom to the top is noteworthy. He said:
â€œIt does no matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of actionâ€.
Awareness of the abovementioned spiritual principle is another important benefit
we derive from acquiring spiritual knowledge.
Many people, at one time or another, may have experienced the situation I am
about to describe. You have just gone through a bad situation and you are upset.
Then someone says or does something annoying and you flare up and respond harshly.
What this person has said or done is something you would ordinarily have overlooked
but on this occasion you fly off the handle. Why did this happen? Here is the
The human mind is a creative device such that mental conditions tend to spontaneously
manifest as observable phenomena. Any condition, image or vision we hold on
to in the mind will, sooner or later, translate into physical reality. This
is a natural creative process â€“ the process that produces the awesome power
of belief. The power of belief is a spiritual resource we can employ to achieve
seemingly impossible feats.
This is what Jesus Christ, the great religious teacher, has to say about the
power of belief: â€œIf you can? Everything is possible for him who believesâ€.
(The Bible, Mark 9:23). He did not mention this all-important concept only
once. He touched on it again on another occasion. Hear him: â€œTherefore I tell
you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and
it will be yoursâ€. (The Bible, Mark 11:24). Napoleon Hill, world-famous author
of the book, Think and Grow Rich, expressed this concept very succinctly in
this statement: â€œWhatever a man can conceive and believe he can achieveâ€.
And so we come to yet another important benefit a person can derive from acquiring
spiritual knowledge. The spiritually enlightened individual is able to consciously
employ this spiritual resource that is available to us to effectively deal
with the difficulties and challenges we all have to face in life. By using
affirmations, such a person will hold on to their dream because they know that
an unstoppable creative process will ultimately cause their dream to become
reality. Such an individual will also appreciate the need to always keep their
mind clean by using positive thoughts to clear the mind of negative thoughts
That spiritual knowledge is performance-enhancing and life-improving cannot
be denied. But then the question arises: â€œWhy is the quality of life of religious
people not noticeably different from that of non religious people and the populace
of religious nations are not better off than those of secular nations?â€
The answer to this question lies in the fact that the quality of spiritual
knowledge available to us thus far is poor. In the established religious teachings,
a lot of the facts provided are not backed by proof and many of the beliefs
propagated cannot stand up to rational examination. Unverifiable conjectures
about existence beyond this life are professed as truths. In fact, fiction,
misconception and superstition are being presented as spiritual realities.
Obviously, knowledge that is so flawed cannot lead to any great benefits.
But here is cheering news. Quality spiritual knowledge is now available under
the name, Spiritual Science. This is spiritual knowledge that has been obtained
using the scientific methods of observation, experimentation and logical deduction.
In scope and depth, Spiritual Science provides sufficient spiritual knowledge
that will enable humans attain full spiritual enlightenment.
The opportunity to gain spiritual wealth and greatly enrich our lives has never
been so good for the human race. We owe it to ourselves to get more out of
life by acquiring this knowledge-based wealth.
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