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December 21 2011

Spirituality and Money

Category:  Ask Deepak

Question:
How do you meld spirituality with money? My husband is a very spiritual person who is committed to helping people but subsequently has no income. He is very critical of me for my job in advertising which is not my dharma - but I support my family (2 children) and feel unable to make a change as I do not know where our income will come from, and I need to pay for school fees...and everything else! I am very frustrated! Help!
Response:

Spirituality is the evolutionary unfoldment of our consciousness toward its full potential. Factors like money, health issues, and relationships are the changing circumstances that support that process of self-realization. As such, for the spiritually inclined, they are included in the spiritual life, but are subservient to your evolutionary or dharmic needs.
In your case, you say advertising is not your dharma, by which I assume you mean you don’t love doing it for its own sake, but in a larger understanding of dharma, it may be serving an essential role in yours and your family’s evolutionary needs right now. And in that sense, it could be your dharma and an important aspect of your spiritual growth.
Love,
Deepak

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  • All I want to say is you are the most inspiring person I have come across. Simple and true which is lovely:=)Not considering subject above. Love to you

    ANDERSBAARD // 2011-12-21 15:46:23 // //
  • I can relate to both the husband and the wife. I left home to be a nun when I was 29 years old. I really loved the monastery life but I was a minority in race and there were a lot of political issues at the monastery. So I ended up homeless. It was horrible but I kept trying to hold on to the nuns life and try to get people to see my sincerity. But they were really cruel to me and didn`t care and I suffered a lot. So eventually I went back to my job. I do not like my job either but when I was homeless I became very sick and angry and that went against my original intention to develop spiritually. So now I feel the same. It is not dharma work or meditation but it keeps me stable so I meet my needs I can read books and meditate and I feel like my connection to the universe is somehow deeper than I would be if I were cloistered and on a cushion all day. My situation is different because my only dependent is myself. I feel like the husband is really kind of abusive to his wife. Spiritual development cannot occur without being kind. I don`t think it is kind for him to say stuff like that to her. He is just as responsible for the care of the children and household. You can`t ignore your responsibilities and call yourself enlightened or holy. Sorrie for the speech.

    terri // 2011-12-21 21:44:39 // //

 

 

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  • It is very easy for someone who doesn`t earn a living to criticise the very person who supports him financially. How ungrateful that is for such a very spiritual person! Have you considered that He might the one who needs to make a change? Deepak is right, the job you are doing now is part of your spiritual growth. You have chosen it. What does it teach you? Everything that we have and do in life we have created for ourselves as part of that spiritual path of ours. We can also change our personal or/and work circumstances at any time when we want too by planning for it. In reality, money and spirituality are not incompatible, thinking so makes it so. Don`t lose sight of the bigger picture.

    Sylvie // 2011-12-22 04:44:50 // //
  • I can relate to both the husband and the wife. I left home to be a nun when I was 29 years old. I really loved the monastery life but I was a minority in race and there were a lot of political issues at the monastery. So I ended up homeless. It was horrible but I kept trying to hold on to the nuns life and try to get people to see my sincerity. But they were really cruel to me and didn`t care and I suffered a lot. So eventually I went back to my job. I do not like my job either but when I was homeless I became very sick and angry and that went against my original intention to develop spiritually. So now I feel the same. It is not dharma work or meditation but it keeps me stable so I meet my needs I can read books and meditate and I feel like my connection to the universe is somehow deeper than I would be if I were cloistered and on a cushion all day. My situation is different because my only dependent is myself. I feel like the husband is really kind of abusive to his wife. Spiritual development cannot occur without being kind. I don`t think it is kind for him to say stuff like that to her. He is just as responsible for the care of the children and household. You can`t ignore your responsibilities and call yourself enlightened or holy. Sorrie for the speech.

    terri // 2011-12-21 21:44:39 // //
  • The title caught my attention: spirituality and money. These seem to be the 2 things I am most after right now. Learning business to be my own boss to have enough time and money to do he things I want to do: spend time with my family and help heighten the counsiousness of humanity. Often times am questioned about whether or not my faith is real, given all my efforts in business. People think money and spirituality are opposites. They think money is evil and I must be a hypocrite. I think I am the only one that truly knows the motives of my efforts. And like Deepak said, even if the work is not your calling, it is helping you achieve your bigger goal, so it is part of your calling for the time being. I think your husband needs to put first things first and take care of his family before he tries to help he world. It all begins in your own home. You cannot save someone who is drowning if you are drowning yourself. Love + light Natasha

    Natasha T // 2011-12-21 21:30:20 // //
  • All I want to say is you are the most inspiring person I have come across. Simple and true which is lovely:=)Not considering subject above. Love to you

    ANDERSBAARD // 2011-12-21 15:46:23 // //