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    On Jan 10, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

    The ver phrase spiritual materialism seems contradictory to me. To me spiritualism is an inward journey to discover and know who and what I am. It is indeed self-inquiry transcending my physical, mental, social and cultural and national identity. When we get enlightened there is a heart-to-connection with another person or persons. There is no higher and better self than the other person. When my motivation is to be recognized and admired by others, to feed my ego, my spirituality loses its heart and it turns into spiritual materialism.

    To know oneself, self-realization takes time. It demands self-discipline, let go of ego and humility.There are times when I get eager and excited to teach others my spiritual knowledge. When others recognize my spiritual achievement and accomplishment and praise me, my ego gets inflated and my spiritual growth gets stunted. When I wake up from my self-created sleep and delusion, I am on the path of spiritual recovery. I become free from my ego trip.

    Awakeningand self-awareness have been very helpful to me in my spiritual journey. I remember the wise and encouraging advice my father used to give me when I would deviate from my spiritual path. His advice was "the morning comes when we wake up." His advice has helped me whenever my mind takes an ego trip. I am very grateful to him for guiding me on my spiritual path. Self-awareness illuminates my mind from darkness.
    JagdishP Dave

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