Discipline of Money, Work, and Handling Business
Even spiritual practitioners living in cooperative community with
each other still have bills to pay every month. Paradoxically,
even though the “separate self” is ultimately Realized to be an
illusion, while we are undergoing the process of Waking Up from
the dream, we do have to manage to physically survive (and, moreover,
survive in a very effective manner, so we have plenty of time
left over for concentrated forms of Spiritual practice), in order
for the Spiritual process to proceed to the point of Waking Up:
is the suspicion that if you are “Spiritual” you are not supposed
to need money, you are not supposed to require anything, and you
are supposed to abandon the functions of life. Obviously, though,
money is needed in most circumstances, and work, force, love,
and energy are necessary for functional survival. Why is it not
obvious, then, why is it not patently the responsibility of individuals,
that they bring life and commitment to their own religious or
Spiritual community, that they take on its “creative” work, and
contribute a responsible amount of money for its continuation?
Why is that not obvious? . . . It is because of the traditional
illusion of Spiritual attainment, which is pictured as a kind
of evaporation process, wherein you become more and more “elusive”
[“non-material”], and finally disappear inside your “something”,
or dissolve into your “someplace else”. . . .
Da Samraj directing the construction
of the first Adidam bookstore
(Los Angeles, 1972)
think this traditional orientation is utter nonsense. . I do not
teach it, and I do not support it. The Truth that already
is the case [even while we are alive in material world] is the
Truth from This One’s “Point of View”. I live very naturally in
the human world, and its responsibilities do not make Me “un-Spiritual”.
Its responsibilities are a “creative” manifestation, requiring
intelligence. . . One who is incapable of ordinariness has not
even begun to become involved in Spiritual life. . .
is where the conventional wisdom of business management experts
such as Stephen Covey (in his The
7 Habits of Highly Effective People) can be brought
to bear, to great advantage. “Be proactive”, “Think ‘win-win’”,
“Put first things first”, are extremely useful in the sphere
of handling business. We just need to keep in mind that, for
the Spiritual practitioner, “putting first things first” means
making one’s number one priority be “Awakening from the dream”.
Covey’s seventh habit of highly functional people, “Sharpen
the saw”, is about using spirituality to relax, restore oneself,
so one can get back to being highly functional. But this is
exactly backwards! The primary
use of being highly functional is to support spirituality and
its Great Purpose.