The world is full of people with egos, who see themselves as privileged. Ego and privilege, when put together make an explosive combination. Even those who proclaim to be spiritual are getting it wrong.
Take for instance, spiritual retreats. They sound lovely helping people find spiritualism, going beyond egoic thoughts, but often wonder about retreats and the formation of a spiritual ‘elite’ class. Not everyone can afford its price tag.
Retreats shouldn’t be a luxury, they should be open to everyone, with or without the means for them to pay. If Jesus were alive today, I couldn’t see him organising a spiritual retreat that would be only accessible to the middle or upper classes, to those with financial means.
Spiritualists are blind to their own practices. Spiritual development and meditation retreats are creating their own privileged class of spiritual people, people who are in a position to pay for such luxuries. When anyone asks for payment, it should be a token something people can afford to give.
When you provide a service that benefits others, unless it is a business, you can’t expect others to have to pay for the service you provide.