Sri Aurobindo's Light
Sri Aurobindo's Light

Sri Aurobindo on Money :

            Money is the visible sign of a universal force , and this force in its manifestation on earth works on the vital & physical planes and is indispensable to the fullness of the outer life. In its origin and true action it belongs to the divine.....

       All wealth belongs to the divine & those who hold it are trustees, not possessors . It is with them today , tomorrow it may be elsewhere . All depends on the way they discharge their trust while it is with them, in what spirit , with what consciousness in their use of it , to what purpose .

In your personal use of money look on all you have or get or bring as the Mother’s. Make no demand but accept what you receive from her and use it for the purposes for which it is given to you. Be entirely selfless, entirely scrupulous , exact , careful in detail , a good trustee; always consider that it is her possessions And not your own that you are handling. On the other hand what you receive from her , lay religiously before her; turn nothing to your own or anybody else’s purpose...

If you are free from money-taint but without any ascetic withdrawal, you will have a greater power to command the money for the divine work. Equality of mind , absence of demand & the full dedication of all you possess & receive and all your power of acquisition to the Divine Shakti and her work are the science of this freedom. Any perturbation of mind with regard to money and its use , any claim , any grudging is a sure index of some imperfection or bondage.

            The ideal Sadhaka in this kind is one who if required to live poorly can so live and no sense of want will affect him or interfere with the full in our play of the divine consciousness, & if he is required to live richly , can so live & never for a moment fall into desire or attachment to his wealth or to the things that he uses or servitude to self-indulgence or weak bondage to the habits that the possession of riches creates. The Divine Will is all for him and the divine Ananda .

                                                                                 -Sri Aurobindo

 

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