Of course this is a pretty old post. I accidently jumped on it. The argument that was going on here was from 2 different perceptions. 'Blue sparks' has some points to make and is well appreciated. However the fact remains that as long as the spirits is in mortal bodies they need to feed them ,for which they have to resort to 'beg borrow or steal'. Many saints of the East ( I refer India specifically) were non materialistic and cared less about the material part. They virtually begged near the temples ( Survived on voluntary food and donations) and didn't care about if nothing was available on a particular day.
One interesting story would give some insights. The great philosopher. Mystic and enlightened soul Thirumoolar
used to spend his time in Dhyana( meditation) in Chidambaram Temple Of India. Once an ordinary beggar approached him and asked for alms. The saint smiled and replied that he was poor and he (the beggar) could try with another saint who was meditating on the other entrance of the same temple. The beggar approached the other saint and asked for alms. But he gave the same reply as Thirumoolar gave. The beggar was greedy and told the second saint that he was directed by the saint on the other entrance( Thirumoolar) . The other great saint smiled in revelation ( Contemparory of Thirumoolar and anonymous) threw his begging bowl to the beggar and told "Take it", He knew that Thirumoolar never kept a begging Bowl infront of him.I (In fact Thirumoolar, the great preceptor was giving a lesson on renunciation to his contemparory, through this episode.)
Thirumoolars are few. Time (perceptive) has changed.Although the above philosophy is worth emulating most of the present day psychics are not Avadhootas( Renounced spiritual seekers and evolved souls). It is not fair to expect this kind of approach to life from them. It is their choice and I do not find any reason why it ( the approach) should make them less psychic although it would make them less renounced.