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Material needs and Spiritualism?


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#1    ambelamba

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 04:46 AM

Sooner or later someone or more is/are going to be obscenely rich multi-millionaires. Maybe tomorrow night. Or maybe next Wednesday night.

Do material need/greed and spiritualism mutually exclusive or can they co-exist in a person's mind?


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Posted 18 May 2013 - 05:04 AM

View PostRon Jeremy, on 18 May 2013 - 04:46 AM, said:

Sooner or later someone or more is/are going to be obscenely rich multi-millionaires. Maybe tomorrow night. Or maybe next Wednesday night.

Do material need/greed and spiritualism mutually exclusive or can they co-exist in a person's mind?
Excellent question.  I believe they can coexist up to a point.  That is, need and spirituality -NOT greed and spirituality.  Focusing totally on what wealth can be and do for an individual is just a way of taking God out of the equation - not good imo.  But using such a windfall to secure needs - not only for oneself but also for the friends, family and community at large is easily compatible with spirituality.  BTW, I play the lotto and hope to win.  If I do then no one at UM will ever hear of me again ;)
Just kidding - I'd still come around.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:34 AM

Filthy lucre corrupts one spiritually.  Clean it up.  This isn't hard with gold and coins, but paper money is hopeless.


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Posted 18 May 2013 - 03:38 PM

Send me some cash and I'll give it a try.

I think you can have wealth and be spiritual, but greed is kind of an obsessive thing. I would say greed would block an spiritual path. You have to be able to focus on the inner self to walk a spiritual path and if you are too focused on material things then you can't focus on the spiritual.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 06:17 PM

Was punk rock a form of spiritualism? It seemed to reject the profit motive and even held suspicious the corporate world.


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Posted 18 May 2013 - 06:38 PM

"I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." - Jeshua ben Jospeh





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