The Money Path

We live in a society where people are able to have more and more material things. The net result, however, has not been to make us perfectly happy. Quite often what lies behind affluence is a spiritual void.

This doesn’t mean that wanting to have a house, a car, and a bank account is wrong or shameful. The spiritual void wasn’t created by wanting material things. It was created by turning to externals and expecting them to do what they can’t do. Externals can’t fill spiritual needs.

The saying that a rich man has as much chance to enter heaven as a camel does of passing through the eye of a needle isn’t a condemnation of wealth. It simply points out that money has no spiritual value. Money isn’t the gate to paradise.

Desire must be seen as a path. In the beginning desires are about things like pleasure or survival or power. But in time the path of desire leads beyond these gratifications. They are not baser desires but earlier ones. Just as a child outgrows toys at a certain age, the desire for more and more will eventually lead a person into a natural phase where the desire for God becomes all-important.

Don’t worry about becoming a seeker after God. You have been a seeker since birth, only at first the God you sought was toys, then approval, then sex or money or power. All of these you worshipped and wanted with great passion. Rejoice in them when they are the desires of the moment, but be prepared for them to fall away.

Adapted from Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 1995).

91 comments

Emma S.
Emma S3 years ago

As I understand it, the quote is not 'money is the root of all evil' but 'the love of money...'

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Patricia H.
Patricia H.5 years ago

great article

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Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

its true.

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Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn6 years ago

interesting

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Shireen Hakim
Shireen H6 years ago

this makes me feel better about my destitution. haha

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Gordana Roljic
Gordana Roljic6 years ago

useful info

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Jewels S.
Jewels S7 years ago

His books are free to read from the library and if they don't have it they will order it.

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Jane R.
Jane R7 years ago

That's the story of life. It can't be changed.

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Evelyn H.
.7 years ago

If Dr Chopra is so spiritual and money it is not a issue for him, then why isn't he spread his wisdom FOR FREE??
The book can help,then why it is a need TO BUY IT?.....

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Kathy K.
Kathy K7 years ago

Thanks.

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