Articles - Spirituality
*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?"
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
*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
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
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