“When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.” ~ Cree Indian Prophecy
I often wonder about what this world would be like with the absence of money. And further, not just the absence of it, but without even the slightest thought of its being. This means not only no money, but no comprehension of the word itself. What does this mean? Perhaps no concept of value at all would exist, or worth. But what is worth? Nothing more than a degree of value. And what is value? This, in the sphere of fruit is called desire.
We live in a commercialized world. Life itself is commercialized. Existence is commercialized. We are born into debt that we have no comprehension of. We die leaving our debts behind, in hopes that someone can afford to bury our spent bodies. This existence of pennies is brought about by the human animal, in his desire for “things.”
Things are simply objects. We place value on these objects. We work for things; for objects. And yet we all die with our things by our side, on our shelves, only unable to take them with us. They either collect dust when we’ve gone, or become someone else’s “property.” The clinging to things is what creates our separation from divinity. We should learn to un-cling.
I’m reminded of the Bhagavad Gita many times, and its many references to the clinging nature of men. All men cling to something. Whether this is fame, fortune and glory, or lust, envy, and greed. Some cling to love, others to darkness. When we learn to let go of all of these things, whether physical in nature or intangible in thought, we then perhaps may see the truth of the universe; the truth of what divine spirit truly is.
We do not fight for the divine spirit in this commercialized world… But we fight for resources, we fight for land and we fight for “religious” freedom. But these things, these objects of desire, cause our own demise. To some they may be noble ventures, to further the value and prosperity of the nation. To me they are fruits of desire, and when eaten will continue the cycle of gluttony.
Try walking about without seeing anything that you “want”, or an attention grabbing advertisement enticing you to spend your money on some “thing” that you’re now convinced that you “need.” This is nearly an impossible task. Even while walking around the natural world, free from the billboards and lights of the city, we will come across objects that we “want.” Whether this be a rock or a sapling, or even an animal to be “kept” for a pet.
In the sphere of fruits we learn how we truly see the world. We don’t see the light of others shining in unison with our own, we only see the reward for our efforts; the objects of our desire; the fruits of our labor. But what is our labor? Does it define us?
Try this: Ever thought of working for free? Because you simply enjoy what you do? Doing a work for no compensation whatsoever? Ever imagine a world where nobody is paid for any effort? This to many is a concept so foreign that it cannot be fathomed.
Enjoy the sphere of fruits while you can, but remember they and this entire world would be better enjoyed without wanting; free from desire. What we take from the world, we only take from ourselves.
In all spheres, the idea of “mine” should become a foreign concept to a wise man.
Happy Labor Day