But as I told you there could be good conditionings. In the way, in the same way, you can have good habits and bad habits. If habits inhibit or obstruct your ascent, they also can help to stabilize you. The conditioning comes to you from the matter with which we are dealing every day. When a human being sees the matter, he aggresses it and he wants to use that matter for his own purpose. He changes the forms of the matter for his own purpose. He starts getting used to matter as comfort, or as a help or a guide in life. The more you start depending on matter, the more your spontaneity is finished, because you’re dealing with the dead. Matter, when it is dead, then only we deal with it. When it is living we are not so much bothered about it. So the deadness of that matter settles within us when we start using that matter for our purpose.
But how are we to otherwise exist, is the question people can ask. If God has given us this material things and this matter to be used, are we not supposed to use them? And are we not supposed to enjoy them? But we don’t enjoy really.. Before realization you cannot enjoy any matter. You can only form a habit and may become a slave of that matter, before realization. It’s a principle of, fundamental principle of economics that wants in general are never satiable. Means today you want to buy something like a carpet. All right, you bought it. So now that carpet becomes a headache, because it’s your possession, you have to look after it. You have to insure it, you have to worry about it that it doesn’t get spoiled, first of all. And secondly you really get into another mood of buying something else. Now you have bought the carpet, finished. Then you have to have something else, then you have to have s.th. else, then you have to have s.th. else. So it does not satiate you; it does not give you the joy. Matter can never give you joy. It’s the Spirit that gives you joy…..
(An extract of H H Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Public Program Day, Brighton (UK), 13 May 1982.)