Mother Answers on Money - III
more money we have, the more we need...
more money one has the more one is in a state of calamity,
my child. Yes, it is a calamity.
is a catastrophe to have money. It makes you stupid, it
makes you miserly, it makes you wicked. It is one of the
greatest calamities in the world. Money is something one
ought not to have until one no longer has desires. When
one no longer has any desires, any attachments, when one
has a consciousness vast as the earth, then one may have
as much money as there is on the earth; it would be very
good for everyone. But if one is not like that, all the
money one has is like a curse upon him. This I could tell
anyone at all to his face, even to the man who thinks
that it is a merit to have become rich. It is a calamity
and perhaps it is a disgrace, that is, it is an expression
of a divine displeasure.
is infinitely more difficult to be good, to be wise, to
be intelligent and generous, to be more generous, you
follow me, when one is rich than when one is poor. I have
known many people in many countries, and the most generous
people I have ever met in all the countries, were the
poorest. And as soon as the pockets are full, one is caught
by a kind of illness, which is a sordid attachment to
money. I assure you it is a curse.
the first thing to do when one has money is to give it.
But as it is said that it should not be given without
discernment, don't go and give it like those who practise
philanthropy, because that fills them with a sense of
their own goodness, their generosity and their own importance.
You must act in a sattwic way, that is, make the best
possible use of it. And so, each one must find in his
highest consciousness what the best possible use of the
money he has can be. And truly money has no value unless
it circulates. For each and every one, money is valuable
only when one has spent it. If one doesn't spend it...
I tell you, men take care to choose things which do not
deteriorate, that is, goldwhich does not decompose.
Otherwise, from the moral point of view it rots. And now
that gold has been replaced by paper, if you keep paper
for a long time without taking care of it, you will see
when you open your drawer that there are small silver-fish
which have regaled themselves on your paper-rupees. So
they will have left a lace-work which the bank will refuse.
are countries and religions which always say that God
makes those whom He loves poor. I don't know if that is
true; but there is one thing which is true, that surely
when someone is born rich or has become very rich, in
any case when he possesses much from the point of view
of material riches, it is certainly not a sign that the
Divine has chosen him for His divine Grace, and he must
make honourable amends if he wants to walk on the path,
the true path, to the Divine.
is a forceI have already told you this oncea
force of Nature; and it should be a means of circulation,
a power in movement, as flowing water is a power in movement.
It is something which can serve to produce, to organise.
It is a convenient means, because in fact it is only a
means of making things circulate fully and freely.
force should be in the hands of those who know how to
make the best possible use of it, that is, as I said at
the beginning, people who have abolished in themselves
or in some way or other got rid of every personal desire
and every attachment. To this should be added a vision
vast enough to understand the needs of the earth, a knowledge
complete enough to know how to organise all these needs
and use this force by these means.
besides this, these beings have a higher spiritual knowledge,
then they can utilise this force to construct gradually
upon the earth what will be capable of manifesting the
divine Power, Force and Grace. And then this power of
money, wealth, this financial force, of which I just said
that it was like a curse, would become a supreme blessing
for the good of all.
I think that it is the best things which become the worst.
Perhaps the worst also can become the best. Some people
also say that it is the worst men who become the best.
I hope the best don't become the worst, for that indeed
would be sad.
still, certainly, the greatest power, if badly used, can
be a very great calamity; whereas this same very great
power if well utilised can be a blessing. All depends
on the use that's made of things. Each thing in the world
has its place, its work, a real use; and if used for something
else it creates a disorder, confusion, chaos. And that's
because in the world as it is, very few things are utilised
for their true work, very few things are really in their
place, and it is because the world is in a frightful chaos
that there is all this misery and suffering. If each thing
was in its place, in a harmonious balance, the whole world
could progress without needing to be in the state of misery
and suffering in which it is. There!
there is nothing that's bad in itself, but there are many
thingsalmost allwhich are not in their place.
in the body also it is like that. There is nothing that's
bad in itself; but many things are not in their place,
and that is why one becomes ill. There is created an inner
disharmony. So the result is that one is ill. And people
always think that it is not their fault that they are
ill, and it is always their fault, and they are very angry
when they are told this. "You have no pity."
And yet it is true.
we are. That's enough, isn't it?
That's all. Then we stop. The dose is complete.
- The Mother