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pity that when we talk about wealth, we almost exclusively think about
money and material possessions. Yet this is only one way of being
We have two
sides to our being: the body, and the mental or spiritual—the outer
and the inner. And both must be cared for. If we neglect the body and
do not feed it, it will die; if we neglect the spirit, it will dry up.
materialistic society, the emphasis is on external wealth, and the
result is that we are out of balance with ourselves. One Master said:
"What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but
loses his own soul?"
worldly wealth as a liability and a burden, the same Master said:
"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than
for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven", and exhorted
people to sell their possessions and give their money to the poor. The
poor would then be poor no longer; who then, would they pass the
In itself—like a knife
on the table—material
wealth can do nothing; it depends upon how it is used. Without it, how
would it be possible to help the starving in Africa, for example? Such
use of material wealth is a manifestation of spiritual wealth.
than being poor is to think you are poor, for then you have condemned
yourself to poverty. A person who knows of the Way must consider
himself rich, for was not the Buddha the richest man in the world,
without a single cent? A person of few wants and needs is rich, while
one of many desires is poor.
many ways to be rich,
ways to be poor,
in terms of money.