Spirit and matter

Harmonizing them within us

August 3rd 2012
Pause from time to time during the day, and analyse yourself to see which is taking precedence in you – spirit or matter. We cannot avoid the hold matter has over us: we all have a physical body that needs to eat, drink, take exercise, relax and sleep, and we should not impose pointless hardship on it. The physical body must be in good health to serve as a resting place, a base for the spirit, but this does not necessitate devoting a great deal of time and attention to it. So, observe yourself, and when you realize that the divine life, the life of the spirit, is slowing down because the physical body is always clamouring to make its demands heard, try to regain control of yourself so that the situation does not last. When you can satisfy your physical body and at the same time feel the manifestations of the spirit – its fervour, its enthusiasm and its light – rejoice, for one day the spirit will be triumphant.