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Spirituality and Poverty

*If God is so merciful, how come there is so much poverty?'

*If God is so loving, why are there so many wars?"

*If God is so caring, why has my brother turned against me?"

If God … if God … if God!

Why do we blame God for all the negative disasters in this world?

*Because of our perception and conditioning of God?
*Because God doesn't defend Himself and therefore it is easier to blame Him?
*Because God can perform miracles and yet he doesn't?

Those of us with an intellect, will know that God is no more to blame for these negative disasters than you or I. Human greed and illusion has caused such devastation.

So what about poverty and spirituality? Are all the spiritual people in the world supposed to band together to provide solutions?

I think not!


Spirituality is not the cause of poverty, so how can it be the answer? Even if every poverty-stricken person in the world were to become happy, self-realized beings, the poverty would remain.

If poverty is caused by human greed and illusion, as suggested above, then why don't the very rich disburse all their wealth amongst the poor. Statistics show that if this was to happen, then every human would have around $1,000,000 each - every human in the world! This would certainly eliminate poverty, however, the entrepreneurial individuals would soon gain their wealth back and those who were poverty-stricken to begin with, will be poverty-stricken once more.

In not so crude a form, though, poverty is actually quite synonymous with spirituality. The Yogis of India eat very little and spend a large part of their time in Meditation, as do the Buddhist Monks. Buddha himself, gave up His worldly title and material wealth to become a spiritual vagrant. Jesus was alone in the wilderness for 40 days and nights, and owned nothing but the shirt on His back. Neither had a 'proper' job where they earned a regular income, and both relied on their followers for sustenance.

Poverty has always been, and will always continue to be unless greed is eliminated from the equation. We can each give 10% of our income to World Vision to assist some poverty areas to have water, and to clothe and school their children, but there will always be those who will miss out, and there will always be those who will die of hunger and starvation - never knowing, never pining for the exuberant, wealthy lifestyle of the rich. Such is life!

Peace and Light

Amelia Robinson


About Amelia Robinson

I am the second eldest of five (all girls), and spent most of my growing years on an Orchard, where my father worked. Religion and Spirituality was talked about and sometimes followed, but not persistently. I always felt alone and try as I might, could never seem to find a relationship where I could give my love completely and not get hurt, until I had my children. My aunty once told me that I brought my kids up right because they love and that was the highest compliment anyone could say to me. Still floundering from relationship to relationship in search of 'true love', it wasn't until quite recently that I finally stumbled upon it - love for myself - in all its entirety ... more


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