I have heard people say that the two are separate, that the pursuit of making money is different from a spiritual pursuit, and therefore, one has to choose a path – to become rich or become spiritual?
Many may think that to be spiritual, ‘renouncing’ and being ‘desireless’ are the methods, and that we may need to sacrifice or renounce all our wealth and luxuries of life if we wish to follow the spiritual path. This is not true. Some of the richest people are not known to anybody because they are spiritual.
There are thousands of super-rich spiritual people around the world, we just do not hear about them because they are humble – they seek no fame. They know that their wealth is a ‘blessing’ that they should appreciate but not boast about, as it is stated in the ancient scriptures. Many gurus or saints around the world are richer than the richest in their countries, but very few know of their true financial value. Therefore, one can be spiritual and rich at the same time, as once said by a great saint in India.
Now, coming back to the question of whether money is a material or spiritual object?
All things that man enjoys on earth have come from earth itself. So earth is the boss, and this is why in the Ancient Scriptures, it is said, “Nature is God”. A long time ago man used to worship Nature-Gods (Sun, Rain, Moon, Wind, etc.), some still do. Therefore, all raw materials have come from earth, including the materials needed to make money, and the intelligence and action behind its creation.
In 1956 President Eisenhower successfully managed to get the words “In God We Trust” on the American currency. What was the use of this, if moneymaking and the subject of God are not connected? The fact is, they are connected. The President wanted to instill some kind of spiritual foundation on his people even in trade and commerce, so that peace is maintained instead of a possible state of anarchy in the future when people become too rich. Values and morals will end, as we can see such glimpses these days.
Other currencies that feature noble and holy men on their banknotes include India, featuring the images of Gandhi, known as, “Mahatma”, that is “Great Soul”, and the great Nelson Mandela shall grace the notes of South Africa. Why are banknotes, money used to fulfill our every desire good or bad, should feature images of people who represent purity, humility, justice, and nobility and not really of ‘wealth’ itself? Why not images of gold, diamonds, luxury cars, and yachts, etc.?
We have to remind ourselves that the material or physical world, the one we see, exists in the ‘spiritual world’ – the one we cannot see, but can only experience.
Here is a quote from history.com on the story of “In God We Trust”:
“On this day in 1956, two years after pushing to have the phrase “under God” inserted into the pledge of allegiance, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law officially declaring “In God We Trust” to be the nation’s official motto. The law, P.L. 84-140, also mandated that the phrase be printed on all American paper currency. The phrase had been placed on U.S. coins since the Civil War when, according to the historical association of the United States Treasury, religious sentiment reached a peak. Eisenhower’s treasury secretary, George Humphrey, had suggested adding the phrase to paper currency as well.”
“At a Flag Day speech in 1954, he elaborated on his feelings about the place of religion in public life when he discussed why he had wanted to include “under God” in the pledge of allegiance: “In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource in peace and war. The first paper money with the phrase “In God We Trust” was not printed until 1957”.
Clearly from the story of America, we can see that Wall Street does have lanes leading to the Path of God. To make all wishes come true, work the One who created all things. IN GOD WE TRUST.
(Extract from Rise From You Sorrow by Joy Nandy. Buy your ebook Today).