One must abandon much of the physical world and focus on one’s encounter with the spiritual. This abandonment of the physical is an essential part of spiritual growth. Physicality’s monopoly of one’s experiences in life can only be shattered by an extreme shift into the unknown world of the spiritual living, turning away from things of the Physical world. Until one thrusts themselves towards the discovery of a new world will open up to them, a existence unknown previously, a spiritual existence. Man should not forgo his physical existence altogether, but needs to reduce it to the minimal in order to uncover and reveal the spiritual.
There is nothing wrong enjoying the pleasures of this world on the contrary God made all the “good” things for you, everything. The God only advises that you partake in safe and sane boundaries and limits. There are some spiritual practices that preach abstinence from the pleasures of this world, and thats good for them. Another way it to elevate to raise all the enjoyment of pleasures for the “sake of Heaven” so to use these pleasure in a “sanctified” way with the intent of connecting with God !
THE ONLY ISSUE IS THAT THE PLEASURES MUST BE PERMITTED AND PLEASING BEFORE HEAVEN.
Transgression of God’s will only results in destruction physically, spiritually or both. Everything in the universe is directed by his “laws of nature”. Just as our own breath.Violation of this law leads to disaster. Try stop breathing for a while. Adherence to the law is blessing, by it we remain in harmony with God and his universe. The highway to elevated consciousness exists in recognizing the sacred in everyday life.
Take what is given for to to have, but don’t chase after what you won’t get, that which is not for you, and beyond your reach.
There is no need to Hurt yourself in an attempt to gain a few moment’s of pleasure. It is not
worth the pain and recovery that must follow. Some people end up paying for a lifetime.
There is a time and purpose under Heaven. Balance is key.
There is also a love of God that can be expressed by fasting and deprivations but to most people this can be destructive to their spiritual service as it can weaken the body preventing spiritual service and make it difficult to ‘serve God in joy’ and this is most important as otherwise the Divine service in some ways is “unreal”.
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