Our desires to accumulate and possess as much as possibly appears ungodly. We quest to accomplish and achieve more than that would appear needed in Western society. In fact, we breed our children to consume as much as they desire. (i.e., Education, possessions, recognition, awards) We marvel at spirits based upon their abilities to amass as much earthly possessions as humanly possible. In fact, we earnestly pray for such devices, as we thoughtlessly attribute these characteristics to the God who needs nothing.
Subsequently, the mind preoccupied with ambitions and desires vision God in two forms, (1) the (Genie) that awards gifts and (2) the insurance policy to protect the gains. For instance, some pray vociferously to achieve wealth and prosperity, such to the point that it appear painful. As a result, the opposite approach, a desire for a simple life, where less is more seem like a waste of a good resource (God). I mean if he is the God of ‘Good and Plenty’, why not ask for the world one could argue. Hence, a mind driven by consumption is a spirit possess by fear and greed.
2 Timothy 3:1-5? :
“. . . Know this…For men will be lovers of themselves, *lovers of money*, self-assuming, haughty, blasphemers… unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up [with pride], lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, having a form of godly devotion but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.”
Do not be deceived greed is greed. Therefore, you may dress it in the superficiality of pious affiliations; nevertheless, one’s armor is fragile by the insatiable appetite of earthly pleasures. The Dragon also contends less is more, as a result, the craving ‘for more’ diminish any chance of experiencing God’s true value.
More is Not Always Better
By actually living in ‘Being’ one learn more about the spirit than the quest to achieve. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
We cannot divide ourselves between the chase of material wealth and accumulation and profess an allegiance to God’s purpose. For this artificial substitute reek of self-indulgence and innocently proclaim a spirit of giving.
Just realize the One Mover behind all that moves and leave all to Him. If you do not hesitate, or cheat, this is the shortest way to reality. Stand without desire and fear, relinquishing all control and all responsibility…. What is wrong in letting go the illusion of personal control and personal responsibility? Both are in the mind only~ Sri NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ
I believe Albert Einstein said it best, “Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.” The Dragon however improves upon the point, “Be a Person of Godly Values.”