The Cause of Spiritual Stupidity

How is it that ye do not understand?

— St. Mark. 8:21

There will be this difference between the rich that loves his riches and the poor that hates his poverty—that, when they die, the heart of the one will be still crowded with things and their pleasures, while the heart of the other will be relieved of their lack; the one has had his good things, the other his evil things. But the rich man who held his things lightly, and did not let them nestle in his heart; who was a flowing stream and not a stagnant pool; who was ever and always forsaking his money—starts, in the new world, side by side with the man who accepted, not hated, his poverty. Each will say, “I am free!”

For the only air of the soul, in which it can breathe and live, is the present God and the spirits of the just; that is our heaven, our home, our all-right place. Cleansed of greed, jealousy, vanity, pride, possession, all the thousand forms of the evil self, we shall be God’s children, not one desiring to be before another, any more than to cast that other out; for ambition and hatred will then be seen to be one and the same spirit. “What thou hast, I have; what thou desirest, I will; I give to myself ten times in giving once to thee. My lack, that thou mightest have, would be rich possession.”