Spiritual Food – Jagad Guru Srila Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa Chris Butler
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Spiritual Food by Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda
Paramahamsa Chris Butler Material food, material things, material sense
gratification cannot satisfy the atma (spirit spirit soul needs spiritual food
– Jagad Guru Chris Butler Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa Science of Identity Foundation

Seems interesting –

I have surely felt that material happiness and success can never satisfy us. we always look for more……
seems that craving and becoming greedy for more and more is inherent and insatiable.

what does spiritual food mean ?
how can we feed ourselves with spiritual food ?

how to get away from it and become truly happy  ?

Its good to see that Famous Personalities like British economist E. F. Schumacher are agreeing to the point that Spiritual Needs cannot be ignored, a point earlier mentioned on True Progress – Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa. I think some people are instinctively realizing this need and that why we are seeing a boom in yoga and meditation studios. I hope this insight is embraced by governments, societies and nations of the world.

E.F. Schumacher was a very interesting person, it's good to see people are still appreciating his work to this day – his book "Small is Beautiful – Economics as if People Mattered" is considered one of the most influential books of the post war period. He was born in Germany but he moved to England to avoid living in Nazi Germany – he spent part of the war years interned as an enemy alien on a remote farm until he was "discovered" by John Maynard Keynes and then helped in the war effort. He was widely travelled throughout Asia and strongly encouraged governments to create self reliant economies. He was influenced by Buddhism and the work of Mahatma Gandhi. Small is Beautiful is a great read.

"Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology towards the organic, the gentle, the non-violent, the elegant and beautiful." ~ E.F. Schumacher

Who could disagree? No wonder his work strikes such a chord with the alternative movements

The way in which we experience and interpret the world obviously depends very much indeed on the kind of ideas that fill our minds. If they are mainly small, weak, superficial, and incoherent, life will appear insipid, uninteresting, petty, and chaotic.

I see evidence of this principle in my own life as well as in the world. I have always had more than enough of the basic necessities and far more than that. Still, throughout most of my life, I felt a profound emptiness and deep sadness and longing for something I did not have. Similarly, there is more than enough of the basic material necessities for all the people in the world today to be taken care of, but still people are so empty inside that they are destroying the environment and each other in a desperate attempt to fill this emptiness. It is obvious that the solution is not in attempting to acquire more material things. We must look to the spiritual in order to satisfy the longing we feel in our heart of hearts.

I always think of that saying – he who has the most toys still dies – you can spend your whole life accumulating but can't take any of it with you when you check out.

This reminds me of a quote by C.S. Lewis – he said: “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” Our desires for something more than the material world can fulfill, point us clearly in the direction of the spiritual – to find what we seek and also to understand who we are.

Thanks for sharing I really am enjoying these quotes so thought I would share some more with you all!
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”
― Kent M. Keith,

“Seven Deadly Sins

Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Science without humanity
Knowledge without character
Politics without principle
Commerce without morality
Worship without sacrifice.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
SB 11.19.40-45: Actual opulence is My own nature as the Personality of Godhead, through which I exhibit the six unlimited opulences. The supreme gain in life is devotional service to Me, and actual education is nullifying the false perception of duality within the soul.

Ok this is alot of food for thought "mans needs are infinite & infinitude can be achieved only in the spiritual realm – never in the material" I never thot about it like this but it helps me see why all the material everything gets more & more frustrating! One of the benefits to aging is wanting life to be simpler which I think may help me grasp this concept more. Its new to me but always learning..Thank you.

"No matter how much material things one collects, he will never be satisfied"  We can see this in our society, movie stars, rock stars who have it all still miserable! 

Definitely the reason so many people keep trying fill the emptiness with material "goodies" but don't understand why they are not happy, It's when we start to ask the question "why and what is it that will make me happy" that we will find the answers.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.,

"You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience."
-Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

"No matter how much sense gratification a person gets he will never be satisfied." Wow, that is a huge eye opener!  Spiritual food is what we all need!!

Such a relief to know our actual situation. So when I am feeling unsatisfied and my mind says, you need this thing or that to be happy, to be satisfied. I will know the truth. I need spiritual food!

It is interesting how many people accept that spirituality is an essential aspect of our existence – they may accept it because this what they were taught or they may accept this because they feel it intuitively – but how many people really seriously consider that this need comes from the fact that they are spiritual beings? It seems so important to actually deeply understand that our identity as spiritual beings is where this need comes from.

Every time I watch this video & contemplate this insight, I feel like new doors are opening within me. It brings to mind that quote, something like "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free." I have heard it so many times, but never imagined experiencing it quite like this.  🙂 

Something about the word."atma" really fascinates me. That is who we are, yes? I get that it means "spirit soul", but it feels much deeper than that, too. Like it contains more than that. Hard to explain, but very nice, very sweet. It feels like finding yourself on a map of all that is. You know those maps in theme parks and shopping malls that have a big red dot and arrow pointing to where you are on the map and it says in big letters: You Are Here. This is how it feels when I contemplate being an atma. It is like it says in big red transcendental letters: You Are Here. 🙂 

Makes perfect sense! We are not our bodies, so if we just try to feed our body and mind, we will be missing something essential to our happiness. To be completely happy, we also need to nourish ourselves spiritually. Thank you for the very clear and simple picture of our situation. Beautiful video!

I have experienced the complete lack of happiness from sense gratification…my family was very loving and wealthy and also very lenient so I had so much opportunity for material enjoyment growing up. But it all made me feel so unhappy and empty — I wasn't even very grateful. It wasn't until I turned to spiritual knowledge and growth that I actually began to taste a drop of real peace. When I experienced that little taste of peace, it made me so much more grateful for all that I have and have been given.

Yes, I think spiritual cultivation is essential for a healthy & happy society. And I know from experience that it is essential for a healthy & happy me. Thank you!

Makes perfect sense. As an eternal spiritual being temporarily inhabiting a material body, I cannot experience complete health & happiness without spiritual nourishment.

If all (or even most) of the people in the world were spiritually nourished & spiritually healthy, I think naturally we would find ways that everyone could be materially nourished and cared for, as well.

And that's the reason why we want more and more.  Material food, material things , material sense gratification cannot satisfy us.  Ever wondered why you can only listen to the latest and greatest song a certain amount of times before you need a change?

I am so hungry for spiritual food….and the more I taste, the more I want. But I actually feel happy. That is something new. Everyone should see this.

This explains why no matter how much we try to experience fulfillment through the senses it is never truly satisfying.

Priceless knowledge. I feel like I should make greeting cards and put in some of these quotes to truly help my family and friends!

That's a must-know information for every person in the world. I am going to teach this to my little daughter. Thank you very much!

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