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 knowledge.
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 businessmanï¿½s 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: ï¿½no man is an islandï¿½.
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 skills.
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 ï¿½ 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 and earthquake.
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, ï¿½knowledge is powerï¿½ clearly applies here.
The spiritually enlightened individual is a spiritually empowered
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 ï¿½where there is a will, there is a wayï¿½ and that
ï¿½if at first you donï¿½t succeed, try and try againï¿½. 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: ï¿½It does no matter how small you are
if you have faith and plan of actionï¿½. 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 explanation.
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
ï¿½ the process that produces the awesome power of belief. The power
of belief is a spiritual resource we can employ to achieve seemingly
This is what Jesus Christ, the great religious teacher, has to
say about the power of belief: ï¿½If you can? Everything is possible
for him who believesï¿½. (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: ï¿½Therefore I tell you, whatever you
ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will
be yoursï¿½. (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: ï¿½Whatever a man can conceive
and believe he can achieveï¿½.
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 and emotions.
That spiritual knowledge is performance-enhancing and life-improving
cannot be denied. But then the question arises: ï¿½Why 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?ï¿½
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.
Emmanuel Emezie is a philosopher-scientist. A six-year-long
scientific research into the spiritual aspect of life led him
to the discovery of intriguing and life-improving spiritual