Questioner: Why is there a shortage of money?
Dadashri: Money does not come because of stealing. Where there is no stealing through the mind, speech or body, money is abundant. Stealing is an obstacle to wealth. Deception and money are enemies. When a person stops stealing overtly he will take birth in a noble family. Deception is subtle stealing and that is regarded as severe raudradhyan, the consequence of which is a life in hell. There should be absolutely no deception. A shopkeeper may take pleasure in selling adulterated goods; he tells his customers that his goods are pure and of the highest quality, and when you question him about his tactics, he insists and says: ‘This is the only way to do business’ – that is deception. A person who has the desire to be honest can say to his customers, ‘My wish is to sell only the best but this is what my goods are like so take them if you want’. By merely stating this, he is freed from any liability.
People remain honest as long as they do not get the taste of black money. Once they start dealing with black money dishonesty creeps in.
Reference: Book Excerpt: The Science of Money (Page #22 - Paragraph #3 to #5)
The State of Detachment
No one shares in the liability incurred in conducting business dishonestly. These ‘bags of intellect’, the egoistic businessmen, will keep indulging in misdeeds. The father tells his children he is stealing in order to make money for them and the children tell him he can do so if he wants but they do not want money earned from such dealings. Even his wife tells him that all his life he has been dishonest and that he should now stop, but does he listen? No he will not.
From the moment man learns to give, his intellect will turn positive and good. He has not learnt to give in countless previous lives. He does not like to let go of that which has been used and is now simply refuse, such is the nature of a human being. He has a habit of only accumulating and hoarding. Even when he was an animal, he was taking but never giving. He turns towards the path of liberation from the time he learns to give.
The moment he receives a cheque he thinks to himself: ‘I will get the money as soon as I deposit this cheque. ’The cheque he receives was predestined; these are benefits of past good deeds he is reaping today. What effort did he make in reaping these benefits? People will say ‘I earned the money because I worked so hard’. I say you only deposited a cheque. Where is the effort in it? Besides you only get the amount on the cheque, do you get any more from it?
Reference: Book Name: The Science of Money (Page #73 - Paragraph #3 to #5, Page #74 - Paragraph #1)
1) When a person steals even in the slightest through his mind, body or speech, then in spite of hard work, he will barely make any money. Stealing is the biggest obstacle to money.
2) If a moral and honest person were living amidst bandits and vagabonds, even if he was laden with jewelry from head to toe, not a single bandit would be able to harm him. None of them would dare touch him! There is no need to be afraid of anything in this world. Whatever fear you experience is the effect of your own mistakes.
1) Questioner: I do not wish to do anything dishonest, but I am forced to.
Dadashri: You must repent for doing anything, which you have no control over. You should sit quietly for about half an hour and repent your actions. Since you have disclosed your feelings of remorse, you are not liable. Pratikraman should be done for your actions you are made to carry out against your wishes. If you become of the opinion that what you do is correct, then you will be liable. There are people who take pleasure from their wrong deeds. You feel repentant because you have a lighter load of negative karmas. In that sense, you are closer to liberation. Others do not even feel any remorse.
2) What does one need for worldly interactions in order to become shuddha pure? Complete common sense is needed. Patience and depth of understanding is needed. Common sense in worldly interactions is needed. Common sense means ‘everywhere applicable.’ If there is common sense along with Self-realization, everything will become beautiful.
Questioner: How does common sense arise?
Dadashri: Common sense will arise when one does not get into conflicts with anyone, even if the other person is seeking to clash and cause conflicts. And he lives his life in this way. And he should not clash with anyone; otherwise, common sense will go away. There should be no friction from his side.
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