Spirituality Is Not For Sale
Paul J. Dejillas, Ph.D. – July 5, 2021
If spirituality “were a thing that money could buy, then, the rich would live and the poor would die.” Then, heaven would be filled with rich people. The rich on Earth would be assured that all their troubles would soon be over. But this is not the case. "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" (Mark 10:25).
And there were many places I visited across the globe—Christians, Catholics, Buddhists, Hindus, Islam, and indigenous peoples—where I stayed for days and weeks, without them charging me for my food and stay.
Unknown to the general public, there are spirituality gatherings now conducted all over the world that do not charge anything for their services on meditation, yoga, workshops, and retreats that includes food, room accommodations.
Places like these are worthwhile emulating. They send a clear message to humanity: "Spirituality is not for sale."
Yet, many today are charging exorbitant fees for attending their spiritual conferences. In their places of worship, donation boxes are prominently displayed around waiting patiently for any willing donor.
One cannot help but sometimes be suspicious of the numerous “spirituality-for-sale” gatherings proliferating today. Yes, we hear too often the age-old standard corporate cliché that they need money to sustain their vision and mission to spiritualize the world.
But lions too can disguise by donning on a sheep's clothing, just as the devil masterfully quoted biblical verses before Master Jesus. If their raison d'etre or reason for existence cannot sustain them financially or otherwise, then, they have no reason to exist either.
The best thing is to persevere on our own in our quest for spiritual growth. The lives of saints, mystics, yogis, and gurus teach us that we have to earn spirituality earnestly in our own way. They were able to attain it successfully. And, if they can do it, we all can do it too.
In this manner, the Lord God Almighty might then recognize that we are really worthy and deserving of the place and future it has prepared for us for eternity.
We only have to focus our attention on our spiritual path, even if we have to spend our entire lifetime working for own spiritual growth and development.
Jesus was apparently angered when the rich man didn't accept his offer to be with him as his disciple, when he told him to sell everything he has, give the money to the poor, and then come and follow him. Undoubtedly, the rich man had other ulterior motives and choosing instead his wealth and possession for himself, than giving them to the poor, he turned his back to Jesus and left hurriedly without a word.