February 25, 2009 4:00pm CST
Money makes the world turn? Has anyone else here ever heard this saying before? Do you agree with it? Do you think that money makes life easier? Would you help out others finacially if you had the money to do so? Why or why not? Do you think that the world would be a better place if money had never been invented? Do you think that money can buy happiness? I once heard someone ask this question and the qnswer they got was actually a pretty good one. The person responded that money can't buy happiness but it can certainly buy things that can make you happy. What do you think of that?
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26 Feb 09
Ramakrishna Paramahamsa frequently mentions "Kamini- Kanchana" - "Woman (=carnal pleasure)and Gold (money) as the two gross elements of Maya that bind people to the world. They make the life going with the mix of pleasure and pain, frequently alternating. As long as you are hooked to the pleasures and pains of life, you can't escape the clutches of Kamini-kanchana. Both of them generally have to be satiated to some extent and any excessive or immoral indulgence in them will add more and more pain to life. Unfortunately, there are no scales to measure what is the "adequate" quantity. What is enough for me is not enough for someone else. I personally think there are 3 classes of people. (1) Those who think money can buy happiness and chase it avidly (2) Those who do not think money can buy happiness, and be content with what comes to them without too much of effort to acquire and accumulate it (3) those who are not sure, but still chase money because every one else seems to be doing it. Spirituality tells us that renunciation is the key to bliss. Until one adequately evolves spiritually to some extent, it is not really be possible to grasp this truth.