Tusar Nath Mohapatra

Finding the Correct Relationship to the Money Power

Posted on: August 20, 2012

Sri Aurobindo Studies

On the one side, we see the ease with which humanity is controlled by the money power–necessitating therefore extreme measures to distance the spiritual seeker from the taint of corruption or distraction from their goal. On the other side, Sri Aurobindo advises us not to cede the money power away but to reconquer it and put it to a correct use to transform life. The issue then arises, how do we accomplish the one without falling into the snare of the other?

Sri Aurobindo describes the correct attitude towards money: “You must neither turn with an ascetic shrinking from the money power, the means it gives and the objects it brings, nor cherish a rajasic attachment to them or a spirit of enslaving self-indulgence in their gratifications. Regard wealth simply as a power to be won back for the Mother and placed at her service.”

First a definition: “rajasic” implies…

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Tusar N. Mohapatra

Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum
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SELF posits a model of counselling and communicative action as an instrument in order to stimulate the public sphere. The model aims at supplementing the individual’s struggle for a successful social adjustment with more aspirational inputs so as to help one take an informed and balanced attitude towards life as well as society.
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Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

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