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Heavenly Treasure is Better than Earthly Treasure

Heavenly Treasure from God

“If a man is very rich in this world, and possesses a hidden treasure, out of that treasure and wealth that he has he purchases whatever he has a mind to purchase. Whatever rare articles in the world he fancies, he readily amasses them, relying upon the treasure, because by means of it he easily procures any piece of property he fancies. In like manner those who seek at God’s hand, and have found, and have the Heavenly Treasure of the Spirit, which is the Lord Himself shining in their hearts, accomplish every righteousness of virtues, and every acquisition of goodness commanded by the Lord, out of the treasure of Christ in them, and by means of it they amass a yet more abundant heavenly wealth. By means of that heavenly treasure they effect every virtue of righteousness, relying upon the multitude of the spiritual riches within them, and easily work every righteousness and commandment of the Lord by means of the invisible wealth of grace that is in them. The apostle says, Having this treasure in earthen vessels, that is, the treasure which it was granted to them in this life to possess within themselves, the sanctifying power of the Spirit; and again, who was made to us Wisdom from God, and righteousness, and sanctifications, and redemption.” ~St. Macarius the Egyptian

Worldly Treasure

Having wealth isn’t necessarily an evil thing, but having worldly wealth, a wealth of material possessions often develops into a desire for more and more material wealth, and at any cost. That is how it becomes evil. It is why the Essene leaders, including Jesus, required members of their community to donate all their material wealth to the community as a whole and do not claim ownership of anything. That is why the Essenes were often called “the poor,” and this is what Jesus meant when he told the wealthy man who wanted to join his community that he would have to give all his wealth to the poor. He meant to the Essene community of which he was the Rabbi, not some random poor people found in the streets. Continue reading “Heavenly Treasure is Better than Earthly Treasure”

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Spiritual Treasure in a Heavenly Palace

“Imagine a man goes into a royal palace, and to see the portraits and works of art there, treasures kept in one place, other things in another. Imagine him to sit down to table with the king, and to have delicious meats and drinks set before him, and to be in every way refreshed with the contemplation of such beautiful things; and after that, to be hurried off, and found carried away to noisome places. …

“This is what God has done to poor wretched man. He has shown him glories and royal beauties unspeakable and heavenly; and so the man, comparing those spiritual things with the things of this world, casts all away, and … turns his gaze to the heavenly treasure.” ~St. Macarius the Egyptian

Palaces and Kings

I have actually visited a royal palace, the Palace of Versailles in France. There are no kings there anymore, but it is maintained as a tourist attraction. I have also visited

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

some castles in Germany and a palace in Japan. Of course, most such places are now in ruins and those that are not have mostly been turned into museums, hotels, or tourist sites. This should be an indication of the fate of the treasures of materialism.

An old saying goes, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” That is only true if the birds are the same. If the bird in the hand is a pigeon and the two in the bush are fat turkeys, drop the pigeon and grab a turkey! For our purposes, the bird in the hand is material wealth while the fat turkeys in the bushes are the spiritual treasures.

Spiritual Treasure

St. Macarius is telling us that when God grants us a glimpse into heaven, it is as if we have been invited to a party at the greatest palace of all with more treasures in it than all the earthly palaces and castles. Of course, these treasures are different. They are spiritual treasures.

The materialist will say that spiritual treasures are worthless, so he will stick with his material baubles and bling. The smart person knows better. No matter how much imaginary value you place on silver and gold, diamonds and rubies, those things are all temporary. Not only because your time on Earth is limited, but even the physical planet is temporary. The process of changing it slowly back into spirit has, in fact, already began. It doesn’t really take a spiritual awakening to realize that the permanent is more valuable than the temporary. Spiritual treasure is permanent.

Become a Resident

Of course, after seeing those great treasures that await us in the spiritual realms, we don’t want to leave and return to the worlds of matter. A land of death, disease, and greed no longer attracts us. But what to do about it?

What we do is work to become worthy of a permanent place in Heaven. We start by awakening our dormant spiritual faculties, which we probably already did when we had that brief glimpse beyond. Then we continue to develop our spirit and soul. We raise our consciousness one level at a time until we reach the level of angels and Light Beings. Then we help others learn how to do the same. We do what we can do to help God’s Great Plan of Redemption to happen as soon as possible. We help rid the world of evil, not by killing anyone, but by helping them awaken and transform.

Then when we die physically, our spirit and soul can start climbing that spiritual ladder to higher and higher dimensions until we are knocking on Heaven’s Door. Then we can be allowed in to share in that spiritual treasure forever.

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A Greater Treasure

“When I was dwelling in their midst, on day Sitaios, the elder of the council, the son of Gara, took me by the hand, … and went, dug up and showed me very great treasures, which he kept secretly buried. He said to me, ‘These treasures are mine … . From now on they will be yours. …’ When he had thus spoken to me I said in my heart, “My most blessed father preferred me and has given to me an immortal treasure that does not pass away. Whoever inherits it will receive immortal life from it.
“Then I spoke to Sitaios the elder: ‘Where are the forefathers, who acquired these earthly treasures before us, they who inherited them? For consider, they are dead and gone and they did not keep them as their own, neither did they carry them off with themselves. … What good then are these treasures to me, which introduce sins and offenses to everyone who acquires them? For the treasure of God is very great and exceedingly rich and will bring everyone who inherits it to life’” ~Mani

moon in the suitcaseMani understood what was truly a great treasure and what was not. A treasure that is fleeting, temporary is not the greatest. A treasure that is one of illusion, one of man-made importance, but of no true value because it does not really better us in any way is not the greatest treasure. The treasure we cannot take with us when we die is not the greatest. Yet those are the treasures that many of us struggle to gain in this world.

We should not envy the wealthy man who has “everything”, we should pity him because he has given up the truly great treasures from God for shiny trinkets and creature comforts that only provide temporary pleasure and only leave him wanting more. The truly great pleasure is not money or jewels, a mansion or a fleet of million-dollar cars (are you listening Creflo Dollar?) because they are not only temporary, they act as anchors to the ship of the soul. Why settle for pretending to own a few shiny baubles for a few years (you never really own them, they own you!) when you can own the most valuable treasure of all forever? Continue reading “A Greater Treasure”

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Quality over Quantity

“Even though a speech be a thousand (of words), but made up of senseless words, one word of sense is better, which if a man hears, he becomes quiet. …
“Though a man recite a hundred Gathas made up of senseless words, one word of the law is better, which if a man hears, he becomes quiet.
“If a man conquer in battle a thousand times a thousand men, and if another conquer himself, he is the greatest of conquerors. …
“And he who lives a hundred years, ignorant and unrestrained, a life of one day is better if a man is wise and reflecting.” ~The Dhammapada

ConquerSelfIn simpler terms, quality is preferred over quantity. Unfortunately, many don’t know what is quality and what isn’t so they fall into the trap of collecting large amounts of meaningless junk.

Try this simple experiment. Offer a toddler a choice between a dime or five pennies. In most cases he will take the five pennies because of the greater quantity because he doesn’t understand that the dime has more value. Then try offering him the choice of a dime or a nickle. Many will choose the nickle because it is bigger. The toddler doesn’t know that the size of the coin does not equate to value. Sadly, many adults behave the same as the toddler without realizing it. Continue reading “Quality over Quantity”

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