Abstract Thinking: [06.02] Bhavana Of Otherness, Of Separation - Distinction Between Materialistic And Spiritual Individuality

Published: 03.10.2006
Updated: 02.07.2015

In the case of a spiritual individuality, there is consumption of material things. A spiritual person will eat, drink, wear clothes, and also live in a house. He will do all this, but would not be attached to it. He will never say - "my clothes, my house." Instead, he will say - "I am sojourning in this house at present. I am wearing these clothes." People in the villages, when asked, "Is this house yours?" reply, "The house belongs to God, Maharaj: We just live here." A doctrine underlies this answer. After all, to whom can the house belong? It cannot belong to anyone. Wealth and the land have never belonged to anybody. That is why it is said that wealth and the land are eternal virgins. Till today they remain unmarried to anyone. Affluence is an eternal virgin. To the end of time, she will remain so.

To use material objects and to be attached to them - these are two different things. A materialistic person uses material articles and is attached to them. A spiritual person also used material articles, but is not attached to them. In the latter case, 'matter' and 'mine' do not combine - they keep apart.
  • Abstract Thinking
    by Acharya Mahaprajna, © 1988
  • Edited by  Muni Dulheraj
  • Translated by Muni Mahendra Kumar
  • Published by Jain Vishva Barati
  • Edition 1999 compiled by Samani Stith Pragya

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