Live Your Life Purpose And The Money Will Follow: Here’s Why
There is this generalized idea that spiritual people should not be interested in money, to the point of perhaps sharing their talents with the world for free. Well, according to the Vedas, a collection of ancient texts written in India between around 1500 and 1000 BCE, money prosperity is actually one of the goals of life. That sure cheered me up when I found out!
The four goals of life, in the Vedic system, are Kama (the pursuit of pleasure), Artha (material prosperity), Dharma (duty, life purpose) and Moksha (liberation, enlightenment).
Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and fortune
If you travel to India, you will find likenesses of Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and fortune – in most places of business, and even in homes.
In her book “Invoking Lakshmi: The Goddess of Wealth in Song and Ceremony,” author Constantina Rhodes tells us that prayers to Lakshmi request material abundance but also the mental state and spiritual awareness to remain in a state of prosperity.
In Hinduism, it is believed that Lakshmi will only present herself and remain in the homes of those who take action in order to bring prosperity to their lives, and that she has no patience with the lazy.
Material prosperity is tied to your Dharma
In yogic philosophy, material wealth is a form of energy, which requires gratitude towards it and the willingness to allow it to flow, in order to be sustainable. The ability to sustain this flow of energy and prosperous state of being is tied to your Dharma, your duty or purpose in life. Therefore, the receiver of Lakshmi’s bounties needs to be an active participant in the attraction of prosperity. This basically means that we need to live according to our purpose in order to attract financial prosperity.
Interestingly, for most -if not all- of my life, I’ve made my best income from activities that were, and are, aligned with what I feel is my purpose: to communicate and, perhaps, to motivate and inspire. If I’ve ever done something “just for the money” it just didn’t feel right, to the point of making me feel physically ill, and the work was soul-sucking.
I’d love to know whether this is true for you.
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