In order to present the teachings of spirituality properly, you have to have a very good understanding of basic sanity. You also have to have a good understanding of materialism in regard to spirituality. We coined the term spiritual materialism as some- thing that might speak to you. Spiritual materialism refers to using the name of spirituality to feed egohood. It is based on trying to become a greater person, a wise person, which is very dangerous and problematic. Not only will it destroy you, but it will destroy the whole wisdom of humanity. In fact, it is Satan- ism. So we should think very carefully about that concern. We should discuss the possibility of spiritual materialism clearly and openly, and try to understand what it means.
From Cynicism and Magic: Intelligence and Intuition on the Buddhist Path, page 4.
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