Money and Spirituality
Someone said money can not buy happiness. And not even in their numbers. But in the currency of that amount. Whatever you say, but money is occupied an important place in human life. Without them, well, nothing. From the very beginning of human civilization, the money was needed for a normal existence and functioning of any human society. The truth is often a trigger for the money greed of many crimes, and even wars. But such is human nature. If money and evil, than a necessary evil.
Once a communist dictator named Pol Pot came to power in Cambodia, took an unprecedented step in the history – took the country and set aside money (at all). The first thing that made the floor Pol Pot soldiers as they entered the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh – blew up the building of the national Cambodian bank. Nothing good this initiative did not end there, without money, and under the Communist dictatorship of Pol Pot’s Cambodia is turn into a big concentration camp. Cambodians worked hard from morning till night for a bowl of rice a day, building a “happy communist future.” And Pol Pot was known as one of the bloodiest tyrants of mankind.
The fact that money as a means of exchange of commodities, holds any civilization, from primitive Neanderthal to modern times. Money itself, too, underwent a long evolution of the ways the history of shells and animal skins (often used in such a primitive people) to electronic money. But it’s not about that. Excessive passion for money, in other words, greed, has often been an obstacle of good deeds.
The well-known passage from the Gospel of Jesus and the rich young man tells the following story:
He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
In this passage may have been an error in translation. Word “camel” and the word “rope” in Hebrew are very similar, so the original could be: rope easier to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Rope through the eye of a needle stick is difficult, but possible. To do this, make an effort to untwist it to the thread. Bound threads are our sins. And the excessive binding of money, (Mrs. greed) is one of the largest sites on the rope of our sinfulness, which is sometimes difficult to untwist a second.
The trick: we have the money or the money have us. Greedy man has no money, on the contrary – the money he him. The wise man will always do with his money on philosophically. There is money well, no – too well. (In practice, it is not easy)
Money by itself means nothing, means something our attitude to money. Attitude to money – how much we are attached to them, it happened that the very rich people were not tied to money, and vice versa. There is a good Sufi parable.
One day, one of the Sufis have heard that in Baghdad, live the Grand Master, Sheikh, head of one of the most important spiritual schools. And decided to go to him in order to learn from him divine wisdom. Slung over his shoulder his small bag for alms, and went out. For many months was a Sufi, suffering hunger and strife, but, nevertheless, made it to Baghdad and met with the famous Sheikh. Sheikh was a very rich man. He lived in a luxurious palace, had many servants, and everything was plunged in luxury. The teacher invited the wandering Sufi stay with him.
– No, I do not want to stay here! – Answered Sufi.
– Why not? – asked the sheikh.
– I talked about you as a great and wise spiritual mentor. But I see now that the rumors were wrong. You do not look like a saint – live in a mansion, is surrounded by luxury, rather than to lead an ascetic life. You’re just a rich sheikh. Not looking for the Divine Wisdom. Do not … For a long time wandering Sufis spoke of his disappointment, and about how wrong life of the sheikh.
– Yes, you’re right. I finally realized that until now was wrong. But I beg you, stay with me for the night. In the morning we go on a journey, a journey to find the Divine Wisdom – asked the sheikh. Sufi was happy and believed in his ability to bring people the truth. He agreed. And the morning came. Even before sunrise, sheikh and a Sufi hit the road, but they did not walk even several kilometers as a Sufi said.
– Oh, God! We need to go back!
– Why, brother? What happened? – asked the sheikh.
– I forgot my bag for alms in your palace.
– Oh, Brother! I am for the divine wisdom left everything – the palace, family, wealth, and you are not able to get rid of simple bag? – Sheikh said sadly. And here, a wandering Sufi realized what a lesson the sheikh taught to him, a truly great spiritual leader.
Money and spirituality have nothing to do. You can be rich and spiritual, to the poor and spiritless, the rich and the poor and spiritless spiritual. Real wealth is not money. How do the Beatles sing: “I don’t care much for money, because money can’t buy me love”.
P. S. Spirits are talking: Besides all talks about money, when you have them you can afford for yourself many interesting thing, for example erotic massage, some expensive goods, you can travel all around the world, with them you have freedom.