At no point should spiritual growth be sacrificed for material
advancement. At any time, whenever it is needed, material
advancement can be sacrificed for spiritual growth. If this
is clear, then there is no problem. The problem arises only
because material advancement remains the master and still
you want to grow spiritually. Spirituality cannot grow as
a servant. Your spirit cannot be a servant to your body. Your
spirituality has to be a master; then everything can function
as a servant and can help it.
is no need to divide life. For those who can manage it this
way - putting spiritual growth as a priority and material
advancement only as a help, never against it and always with
it and for it - there is no problem. This has to be made clear
to all the religions of the world. The East has chosen half
- spiritual growth - and become afraid of material growth.
They have been afraid that it may become the master; it may
take the priority. Hence the East is poor and sick.
West went to the other extreme - they devoted their whole
energy to material advancement, forgetting completely that
material advancement in itself is meaningless. It leads them
nowhere; it leads them only into deep frustration, and finally
into a meaningless life where they can see clearly that they
wasted their whole life collecting rubbish and junk. And it
does not give them peace; it does not give them the silence.
It has not been able to make them aware of the truth. And
now when death approaches, most of the people find their hands
are empty. Their whole life has been just a desert.
West is spiritually poor and materially rich. The East is
materially poor and spiritually rich. But both are half and
both are suffering. There should be an effort made to give
and take, so each can in turn become full. Just like a blind
person and a cripple, both on their own are half and half,
and both are suffering. However, if the cripple climbs on
the blind guy's shoulders, he can direct the path, and together
they can explore and find the road to each other's home.