Originally Posted by Baile
This is wisdom of the highest order and is indeed #1 on the list. Enlightenment is first and foremost a karmic and human-self evolution journey. For every step on the knowledge path, the spiritual seeker must take three steps on the moral self-development path. There are no so shortcuts here. Moral self-development -- understanding the self and soul -- is key to transforming and releasing karma.
Wise words themselves - which raises an even better point. I don't think the 'goal' is to 'reach the spiritual world' at all - but rather to facilitate the spiritual world reaching the physical world.