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Stages on the path Godward

People often ask me: “Is it wrong to aspire for wealth? Are material wealth and worldly happiness an impediment on the path of spirituality?” My answer is this: when you begin to tread the path of spiritual awareness, then you will find that you do not really aspire for material possessions. You leave it to the Lord.

It is for God to give you whatever He likes. God is our Master—and let me assure you, He is a very benevolent Master! This awareness helps you to surrender the thread of your life in His safe, benevolent hands—and you will find miracles happening in your daily life.

Let me add, people choose different paths in their lives. Some of them are engrossed in worldly affairs. They think money; they dream money; they live and work for money. Yet others are there, totally immersed in the life of the spirit. To them, the outer world and its many manifestations are all maya—illusion.

Likewise, God wants each and every one of us to realise Him and reach Him. But we have to pass through different stages to attain Him.


“Why is this so?” a friend once asked me. “Why is it that God gives the wealth of the world to some people and the wealth of the spirit to others? Does He not want all of us to realise Him and reach Him?” I smiled and said to him, “This is like asking the headmaster of a school, Why are there twelve different grades in your school? Why is it that some children are in the first standard and others are in the tenth standard? Don’t you want all your students to pass the highest examination?”

“Yes, the headmaster would certainly like all his students to pass the highest examination, eventually. But in order to do that, they have to go through the different stages of education.” Likewise, God wants each and every one of us to realise Him and reach Him. But we have to pass through different stages to attain Him. Many of us are engrossed in worldly affairs. Surely, a time will come when the things of this world can no longer satisfy us. Then, we will have to turn inward, Godward.

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