Acquiring Spiritual Wealth Will Greatly Enrich
by Emmanuel Emezie
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
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 businessman'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: "no man is an island".
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
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 - 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, "knowledge is power" 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 "where there is a will,
there is a way" and that "if at first you don't succeed, try and try
again". 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: "It does no matter how little you are, if you
have faith and a plan of action". Awareness of the abovementioned spiritual
principle is another important benefit we derive from acquiring spiritual
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 - 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: "If you can? Everything is
possible for him who believes". (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: "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer,
believe that you have received it, and it will be yours". (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: "Whatever a man
can conceive and believe he can achieve".
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 challenged
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: "Why 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?"
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
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.
About the Author
Emmanuel Emezie is a philosopher-scientist. A
six-year-long scientific inquiry into the spiritual aspect of life led him to
the discovery of intriguing and life-improving spiritual knowledge. For more
information, visit: http://www.sssi.org
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