a pity that when we talk about wealth, we almost
exclusively think about money and material possessions.
Yet this is only one way of being wealthy.
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.
In a 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?"
Looking on 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 burdens to?
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
Worse 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