Have you ever wondered why monks - in all traditions must be given the requisites for living, like food, clothing, shelter, and so on?
Think about it... If they're legitimate - their one highest and best goal is their own post-personal development and awakening.
The reason why is simple: Bio-survival stability is a PRE-REQUISITE for spiritual or post-personal development.
Look at that pagoda image again... The base - the Earth element - your physical power, well being and security is ALWAYS the first and most essential part of yourself that you need to develop.
Starving and endangered people don't make great leaders. They don't make great thinkers. And as the Buddha realized when he gave up the life of an ascetic - they don't self-awaken.
If you want to become a well rounded, successful person, or even if you have very lofty goals like mastering meditation or becoming self-awakened - You're going to have to:
- Focus primarily on your physical power and security
- And then on your social power
- Next, you're going to have to develop and expand the power of your mind
- Finally - you work on your post-personal development
Here's an easy formula to remember: Spend 50% of your energy for personal development on your physical power and health. Spend 30% on your social power and influence. Spend 15% on expanding your mental capabilities, and - use the remaining 5% for post-personal development.