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HERE BEGINNETH THE THREE AND TWENTIETH CHAPTER

How God will answer and purvey for them in spirit, that for business about His love list not answer nor purvey for themselves

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And as He will answer for us thus in spirit, so will He stir other men in spirit to give us our needful things that belong to this life, as meat and clothes with all these other; if He see that we will not leave the work of His love for business about them. And this I say in confusion of their error, that say that it is not lawful for men to set them to serve God in contemplative life, but if they be secure before of their bodily necessaries. ... (T)rust steadfastly, thou whatsoever that thou be, that truly turnest thee from the world unto God, that one of these two God shall send thee, without business of thyself: and that is either abundance of necessaries, or strength in body and patience in spirit to bear need.....
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And therefore thou, that settest thee to be contemplative as Mary was, choose thee rather to be meeked under the wonderful height and the worthiness of God, the which is perfect, than under thine own wretchedness, the which is imperfect: that is to say, look that thy special beholding be more to the worthiness of God than to thy wretchedness. For to them that be perfectly meeked, no thing shall defail; neither bodily thing, nor ghostly. For why? They have God, in whom is all plenty; and whoso hath Him—yea, as this book telleth—him needeth nought else in this life.

Cloud of Unknowing - Christian Classics Ethereal Library

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"Fold" five of the Buddhist eight-fold path is right livelihood.  It comes right after right action in  discussion of the path, and,  of course, is in no way intended to diminish or change the importance of right action.  Any action that is not "right" is not made "right" by becoming part of a job.  I knew this long before i knew it,

E.F. Shumacher in the seventies wrote a book whose subtitle was: "Economics as though people mattered."  I think the dictum: The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath, was intended to apply to all other institutions as well, and also all organizations.  I knew this long before i knew it.

Jesus said Give to all who ask (and even to those who take).
He also said: Ask and you will recieve.
Jesis was asking us to give to beggars (and theives)
He was asking us to be beggers (but not theives).
Some think that the Sermon on the Mount was intended for the Apostles, for "singular" people.
I believe it was intended for the poor people of Galilee, and by implication, for all of us,

That is as hard as contemplation, if not harder.
"Grace" is probably equally necessary for right action and right contemplation.
Would that all people be able to do right  action and right contemplation.

The modern interspiritual sages need to make right contemplation available to persons of all religious faiths and of none.

Perhaps this is hagiography, i hope its not.  It is said that the Desert Fathers made their own living with crafts; those near oases planted gardens, ate their product, and gave away what they did not need.  It is said that, while the economy of the empire was in turmoil, there was no dire poverty in Western Egypt due to the voluntary poverty of these contemplatives.  There was no indication that there was a class of servants who provided for the contemplatives, they did their small necessary tasks as they meditated.  The stories about their behavior demonstrate  how nearly "perfect" the results of their contemplation was.  They seemed to intuitively understand the most radical consequences of the "Sermon."

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