Every heard the saying that “money is the root of all evil?” Have you ever come across the viewpoint “it is holy to be poor” and people who are holy do not chase after money? For whatever reason a large number of people believe that spirituality and prosperity are not compatible.
Master Choa Kok Sui as a spiritual teacher was very unique. Not only was he a very successful businessman (MCKS was born into a very rich and prosperous family) but also an Enlightened Guru. It is the perfect blending of these varied qualities that made him a unique Spiritual Teacher for our times. According to MCKS, “Spirituality and Materialism are like the two wings of a bird. We need both to fly.” MCKS also taught, that money is not evil. In fact, it is lack of money which is the cause of most of the evil in the world.
Notice that this view is diametrically opposite to what most believe? So let’s examine this in more detail.
The Historical Perspective
It is true that in ancient times holy people (nuns, monks, gurus) did not have money. Part of this reason is because they did not need to care about money. For example, in ancient India holy people were held in reverence. The king of the land would protect the Brahmins and provide for them. Ordinary people would look after their needs whenever they were around by providing them with food, building a house for them, and looking after their needs. In return the holy ones would teach, heal, advise and help ordinary people. In a sense that was the “job description” for a monk.
However, we don’t live in ancient times anymore. In the modern world holy people are not looked after by either the State or ordinary people. If you were to just sit in a park and meditate, do you think people will provide for you? Therefore, today money is important for even those on the spiritual path. You cannot meditate or serve on an empty stomach (unless you were to perhaps take sanyasa and join an ashram).
Is Money Evil?
There are many people saying that “money is bad,” “money is the source of evil,” etc. According to MCKS these views are not correct. Master viewed money is concretized energy. Money is power, and it is neutral; not good, nor bad. Money in the hands of right people can be used for the benefit of many. Take for example the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which provides humanitarian assistance to millions across the world. The reason the organization is able to transform so many lives is because of money. This is what MCKS meant when he said that “being materialistic in a Spiritual way is good.”
Moreover, money can provide us with a comfortable life. We can give our children a good education. We can create jobs and employment opportunities with money thereby uplifting other lives. In fact material abundance and prosperity gives you the freedom to pursue your spiritual goals. One cannot take out hours for everyday life to do meditations, purifications and service if he or she is being stretched to put food on the table. Hence having a lot of money is a BIG blessing. Ultimately it depends on you as to what you choose to do with your money.
Have you also noticed that any organization that is working on providing spiritual, noble, or humanitarian assistance to people is never short of money? Abundance and prosperity continually flows to them given that they utilize their funds properly to be of service to humanity. This actually flows from the law of karma.
Finally, consider another perspective. Solomon, also called Jedidiah, was (according to the Hebrew Bible, Quran, and Hidden Words) a wise king of Israel. He was also fabulously wealthy. It is said that the weight of gold that came to Solomon yearly was six hundred and sixty-six talents a year (1 Kings 15). Solomon is also known as The King Whom God Loved. Also, in the Hindu Tradition we read stories about the Lord Rama and Lord Krishna. The Lord Rama was a King, while the Lord Krishna was a prince. Both must have been fabulously wealthy. In the Hindu tradition Lord Rama and Lord Krishna are considered to be avatars of Lord Vishnu. The Lord Vishnu himself has the Goddess Lakshmi (or the goddess of prosperity) as His consort. So even from a religious lens, it doesn’t appear that God has a problem with money. Then how can money be evil?
We hope that this article has provided some perspectives around why spirituality and prosperity are not incompatible. However, to attract money abundantly, you need to change your attitude towards money. MCKS used to say: “Money is like a woman! If you say you do not like her, she will go away. Silently affirm to yourself: Money flows to me like a river! Money rains on me like a waterfall!”