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22-02-2009, 11:22 AM

The attitude we need to have towards money and wealth is always a complicated one. It is not possible to say a hard and fast 'NO' to wealth, because it makes our lives meaningful in numerous ways.

At the same time, it is not a good thing to consider it the most important purpose of life. You might have surely thoughtof the usefulness as well as the dangers of fire. When under control, fire is very helpful. But if it goes beyond control it is highly destructive. It is true with money too.

Money is good as along as man remains the master, deciding how get and how to spend. However, it becomes highly dangerous when money acts as the master and man is reduced to a slave. In such situations it is not the man who dictates terms, but money. It is called a dangerous situation because in such cases money will be considered more important than human values and relations. Gradually, man may demerit himself to the position of animals that do not hesitate to do anything for their selfish motives.

Dear friends,

I feel the above expanded proverb is very relevant in the present day scinerio and requires attention of all.

With regards,


01-03-2009, 04:31 PM
In economics Money means what money does

01-10-2009, 11:03 PM
(Discourse: Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji. Website: www.artofliving.org
Courtesy: Times of India – The Speaking Tree 30.9.2009)

Money gives one a sense of freedom and ownership. We believe that with money we can own anything, that we can put a price tag on anybody’s services.

Ownership of something means total control of its existence. When we buy a piece of land, we feel that we own it, although the land continues to exist even after the owner is no more. How can we own something that outlives us?

Money also gives the idea that we are powerful and independent, blinding us to the fact that we live in a world of interdependence. We depend on farmers, cooks, drivers and the services sof so many people around us. Even an expert surgeon cannot operate by herself. She depends on others. Because we pay for their services, we overlook the fact that we depend on them.

If we look at why most people with money are arrogant we will find it because of the feeling of independence that money brings. The awareness of dependence on the other hand makes one humble. The basic human quality of humility is taken away by a false feeling of independence.

Can money really reflect the worth of a person? We cannot put a value to human life. Wealth can be attained through one’s skills, abilities, inheritance, or through corrupt means. The means of attaining wealth brings its own consequences. The very motive for corruption is peace and happiness. Yet peace and happiness remain elusive when the means are corrupt.

As possession of money creates the illusion of independence, money is often referred to as maya. A Sanskrit phrase sums it up; Miyate Anaya iti maya – that which can be measured is maya.

On the other hand, some people blame money for all the ills in society. There are others who even consider it an evil. Just as possessing money brings arrogance, rejecting it too makes one arrogant. Some people who renounce money take pride in their poverty to draw attention and sympathy.

However, ancient sages honoured money or maya as a part of the divine and transcended the grip of its illusion. They knew that when we reject or hate something. We can never transcend it.

They honoured wealth as Goddess Lakshmi, the cosort of Narayana. She is born out of YOGA. It is YOGA that transforms the bad karma and brings out latent skills and talents. It also brings up ashta-siddhis, the eight perfections and nav nidhis, the nine wealths.
YOGA helps one more from arrogance to self-confidence, meekness to humility, dependence to interdependence, from craving for freedom to the recognition of unboundedness and from a limited ownership to oneness with the whole.

When people lack faith in the Divine or in their own abilities or in the goodness of society they suffer from a deep sense of insecurity. As a result all that appears to provide security is money. They rely on something that is not certain, and end up getting upset. Uncertainty causes craving for stability.

The world is of change; the Self is of non-change. We have to rely on the non-change and accept the change. This like perceiving the real as unreal and unreal as real. In fact, all miseries are unreal. A wise man knows that happiness is real, as it is our very nature. Unhappiness is unreal because it is inflicted by memory. When we see everything as a dream, then we abide in our true nature – love, joy and peace. We then understand that money is not all-important. Values, sense of belonging, love and care are more important.

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13-02-2010, 10:23 PM
God should be the goal of life. We need money and other comforts. Money and other comforts should not be the goal of life.
If the aim of life is clear, guidance will definitely come.
- Yogi RamSuratkumar
Discourse: Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji TOI 12.2.2010 - The Speaking Tree


"Shiva means your very self, the purest Self, your inner-most core. Shiva means good or benevolent. The word ratri in Sanskrit means that which relieves you from three types of agony - ethereal, mental and material. At night everything becomes quiet and peaceful. The body gets tired and goes to sleep. `Shirvaratri' literally means that night which infuses the Shiva tatva or the transcendental principle to the three instruments; the body, mind and speech.

Shivaratri is a night of deep rest. It is the night that takes you into its lap, comforts you and gives rest. When the mind rests on the lap of the Divine, that's real rest. Like the mind, memory and intellect, Shiva is also a tatva or principle in us. Shivaratri is when the Shiva tatva and Shakti become one.

The jagran in Shivaratri - staying awake all night - is not just forcing oneself to be awake or sing devotional songs. It is about being consciously aware of the inner rest that sleep brings everyday. When you surpass a certain layer of sleep, samadhi happens. Samadhi is often referred to as Shiva Sayujya, the presence of Shiva, a state of deep rest with alertness, which brings freedom from all identities. Kabir Das calls it koti kalpa vishram - a billion years of rest consolidated in a moment. When you come out of it, you experience certain pleasantness and reduced entropy, which brings an unusual freshness to the mind and senses.

The linga in Shiva temples symbolises identification or sign through which you identify someone as being male, female or neutral. The Divine is beyond the three genders; hence the Divine is called Ekalinga, or unigender. What is that one gender? The Self, the Atma. The Self is beyond body, mind or intellect; it is beyond likes and dislikes. Ekalinga is the Lord of the Self.

On Shivaratri, the Shiva Shakti merges into the whole universe. Shiva has been associated with destruction; but transformation, new beginning for the better, can only happen when something is destroyed. Shiva is the factor of transformation. `Sham' means peace and good and `kara' means one who does that. `Shankara' means one who gives peace and does good.

The whole of Creation is the dance or play of Shiva, the tandav or dance of one consciousness, one seed, which manifested into a million species in the world. The whole world moving in an auspicious rhythm of innocence and intelligence is Shiva. Shiva is the permanent and eternal source of energy - the one and only eternal state of Being.

There is a stroy related to Shivaratri, about the union of Shiva and Shakti. The primordial and dynamic energy is weeded to the transcendeental. Shiva is the silent witness and Shakti is chitti or childvilasa, the energy that plays and displays in infinite space. Shiva is the formless Being; Shakti is manifestation in the field. This is the recognition of the dual aspect of matter and energy, prakriti and pursha, the dravya and guna - substance and its qualities. Recognising the underlying non-dual nature of Brahmn is Shivaratri.

It is only wakefulness that brings out this knowledge in our consciousness and Shivaratri is the night to celebrate the wakefulness of one universal consciousness without falling into the unconscious sleep state. Breaking the pattern of unconscious sleep gives you a glimpse that you are not a mechanical apparatus but a legend in Creation. To recognise the Shiva tatva, you have to be awake".