Are Spirituality and Business Compatible ?
Updated: Oct 11, 2022
Business means exchange of some thing in return of money . It many be some product or service , wherein in return gets money .
In modern times , Business is entirely focused on earning more money & giving less . And to earn more & more money , the business moves from all crooked path , unethical & non truthful ways to make maximum profits & gains from the customers .
But can we really do business ethically & truthfully , with decent earning & giving the best to our customers , maintaining health & good relationship ?
Answer is YES !!!
In-fact entire life is Spirituality : Business is Spirituality & hence there is no separation .
The Spiritual teaching does not advise to fly away from ones duties in the world , but tells to saturate oneself with the thought of God while one does its part in this world where HE has placed it .
“You only have to do a few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.”
– Warren Buffett
“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
– Albert Einstein, physicist“
"Your value will be not what you know; it will be what you share.”
― Ginni Rometty, CEO at IBM
As per Paramhansa Yogananda - Gathering possessions and making money should never be your primary goal.
The material life should not be neglected, but the material life should be lived in God consciousness. There must be a balance between the material and the spiritual life .
Your needs must be met and at the right time, but in order to meet your needs it is not necessary to get and hold and become attached to too many possessions.
It isn't what you own, but what you can acquire at will that is real prosperity .
What is the Place of Money in the Spiritual Life ?
Further Yogananda says - It is not a sin to make money to feed and cloth yourself and your family, for they were given into your charge to care for. Those persons are failures who neglect to discharge their God given duties toward health, happiness, and success.
It is virtue to make money to help God's work by putting into action the divine potentials within you potentials that make you worthy of the name of being created in the image of God.
All the good and philanthropic works of the world, all noble successes, have to be accomplished through money. No saint ever lived who did not use money, directly or indirectly. But to acquire it without greed or attachment, and to use it rightly, is a great paradox .
To love money is to be lost.
To make money just tor oneself is not unusual. To hoard money to satisfy the craving for gold is not unusual.
But it is an exceptional individual who earns money abundantly, unselfishly, honestly, quickly, just for God and His work and for making others happy. Such activity develops many sterling qualities of character that aid one on the spiritual path as well as the material path.
Making money honestly and industriously to serve God's work is the next greatest art after the art of realizing God.
Responsibility, knowledge of organization, order, leadership, and practical usefulness are necessary in creating business success and for the all- round growth of man.
Business itself is not bad, nor is it antithetical to spirituality, because business means ordered action, systematized action
-actions that stem from a right process of thought and that therefore produce results systematically.
Many successful businesspersons are students of these teachings. Business principles apply to any kind of endeavour, whether material or spiritual .
India s saints and masters say, The purpose of business is greatest good of the greatest number .
If that is the overarching goal, if capitalists and labour share the ideal of a society in which a comfortable standard of living is within the reach of everyone, then business is based on spiritual principles .
Business should not be synonymous with private profiteering .
Most people think first and foremost about themselves, and about making money to satisfy their own desires.
Rather, you should start with this thought: "My life's duty is to make others happy.
In rendering good service, you are bound to get good returns; and when you get good returns, you can improve your own
living standard and do even more for others.
Again, the spiritual ideal is the greatest good of the greatest number.
Businesses have to give the best goods and the best service tor the lowest price, or succumb to their better-serving competition.
No one can get away forever with making money by false ways.
When business methods are not based on Truth, they are bound to bring misery and suffering .
A businessperson, writer, artist, musician, labourer, or king; all can be Yogis, it they so choose.
Millions of people think that all wealth comes from the banks, factories, and jobs, and through personal ability.
Yet periodic great depressions prove that there are divine laws, aside from known physical laws, that govern the physical, mental, spiritual, and material phases of life. Individuals as well as nations should not depend only on personal ability or national strength, but should remember that all prosperity flows ultimately from God.
When industrial selfishness begins to reign supreme and the spiritual laws of including others in one's prosperity and
acting "each for all and all for each" are broken, then the entire financial system of a country is thrown into confusion.
Since our lives are governed by both spiritual and financial laws, we will not find true and lasting prosperity by selfish financial methods, but only by the combined spiritual method of "unselfish selfish" activity. Every work we do is in a sense selfish; but when we try to make others happy and wealthy while trying to become so ourselves, it is called unselfish or spiritualselfishness .