By Rohana Ulluwishewa
Having a look past the materialistic boundary of the traditional improvement paradigm, this ebook identifies our non secular underdevelopment that's being mirrored as self-centeredness and greed, because the root explanation for traditional development's failure to relieve poverty and inequality, in attaining sustainability and bring happiness to humanity.
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We do not resist if the outcome is not what we wanted. It is our self-centred mind that wants us to resist. It is also this self-centredness that wants us to look at the fruits when we act. Thus, surrender counteracts our self-centredness. It reduces our self-centredness. Serving others without expecting anything in return, which is highly recommended by God-centred spiritualizers, is another practice which acts against self-centredness, because the self-centred mind does not normally want anything if it is of no beneﬁt to itself.
We need material wealth only for the fulﬁlment of our survival needs, not for happiness. According to the spiritual point of view, happiness is inherent within each human being. We can experience it when we grow spiritually. What is valued in spirituality are not the qualities of the mind which contribute to generate material wealth but the qualities that contribute to spiritual growth, qualities like loving relationships with others as well as with the environment, selﬂessness, non-greediness, practising ceiling of desires, sharing, cooperation, forgiveness, non-violence and activities which aim to serve others without expecting anything in return.
The failure of conventional development to alleviate poverty and inequality, to achieve environmental sustainability and to deliver happiness to all in spite of the prolonged application of advanced technology and reforms indicates that the root cause for its failure lies somewhere else, in a place technologies and reforms cannot reach. This study points out that the root cause lies within human mind, and it is nothing but our self-centredness. As long as thinking remains self-centred, any activity originating from it leads to conﬂicts and destruction.