By STEVE MUTUA.
Love of money is a substitution of the only one “thing” worthy of love-your soul, your being. It is a very dangerous denial and distortion of a basic life principle.
It is taking poison believing it to be a much-needed medicine. It is fuelling your car with the wrong fuel. Permanent or long term engine damage is inevitable.
In a deeper sense, money represents the body. Money is useful for taking care of bodily needs and comforts.
However, when the body is all we believe to be ourselves, we will do anything to preserve it, and that’s where the love of money comes in and all its attendant ills.
No one would love something that doesn’t mean life to them. It is the nature of consciousness to preserve and perpetuate itself.
When your consciousness is identified with the body, that’s all you know or take to be yourself and hence will do anything to preserve and perpetuate yourself.
Investigate why you love money rather than simply using the money for its purposes and you shall find that it’s because of your identification with the body.
Its why you think money will enhance and preserve the body, which you believe is you. Once your consciousness is detached or misidentified with the body, money and all it represents loses meaning to you.
Whether money is there or not will not affect your peace and equanimity at all. Try it.