Personally, I have married, mortgaged and helped raise 3 children Professionally, I have studied, qualified, applied, been appointed and worked. And now I have a family, a career, savings and a house. All is good. Well done me.
Around about the time William the conqueror was searching out King Harold at Hastings, a Tibetan saint Milarepa was coming out of a long time of retreat and realisation. He wrote:
“All worldly pursuits have one unavoidable and inevitable end, which is sorrow
Acquisitions end in dispersion; buildings in destruction; meetings in separation; births in death.
Knowing this one should, from the very first, renounce acquisition and heaping up, and building and meeting,
And faithful to the demands of an eminent guru, set about realising the truth, which has no birth or death.
That alone is the best science.”
I read this quote in Vicki Mackenzie’s excellent book on Tenzin Palmo called “Cave in the Snow”. Tenzin Palmo is an East ender who became a Tibetan nun in the early 60s and has spent at least 12 years of her life meditating in a cave 12,000 feet up in the Himalayas, which certainly fits in with this definition of good science.
So if you think the spiritual is worth pursuing, to what extent is it worth pursuing? If you believe there is something other, something else, then what value should you place on the material? How do you get the right balance?
I am sorry this is all questions and no answers. You need to read someone a lot more enlightened than me to get some of those. Though Milarepa may be an extreme place to start.
Wikipedia on Milarepa here
Biography of Milarepa here