These excerpts are extracted from Jacob Needleman’s book, Money and the Meaning of Life, New York: Currency Doubleday, , Chapters 13, 14 & Amit (Host): Today, our guest is none other than Jacob Needleman, someone who really embodies today’s theme and hopefully we’ll be able to. Called Money and the Meaning of Life, the author is Jacob Needleman, a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University.
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Having this conversation with the world you are in touch with is for me a great gift for which I’m jaocb, very grateful to you, and to Preeta and to Nipun. It tends to meander about and not really to my taste but I am glad I read it it was assigned to me in a management class years ago and I never got around teh reading it decided to clear lfe my shelves of someday books and this is one more off my list.
I think we have moments of that sometimes and may be even more with a pet or an animal. We have a caller Sophia, who is a seeker, who has chosen to leave behind certain games and learned how to look genuinely at herself.
Money And The Meaning Of Life
We are further told that this real world is not accessible to the senses or understandable by the ordinary mind. We do have these moments in our life that only last a moment very often, but we do have them, of great presence.
A bit meandering perhaps. Dec 08, Dan Burke rated it it was amazing. Micro Moments of Love. It is a special quality of silence. What a wonderful question and dialogue there!
Sandra Schonwetter rated it it was amazing Jan 04, Many of us don’t have that good common sense and toughness about money. This remarkable book combines myth and psychology, the poetry of the Sufis and the amd of King Solomon, along with Needleman’s searching of his own soul and his culture to explain how money can become a unique means of self-knowledge.
Money and the Meaning of Life
You haven’t really confronted it. The meaning of our life in the material world how we eat, how we work and raise families and create only emerges when it is connected to the spiritual world. Rilke has a beautiful poem about it.
And I want to thank you so much. So Preeta, thank you as well, for joining us today and for being our guide. This would perhaps have been more enjoyable in a concise 70 pages than it was in And we need to deeply understand it.
Money and the Meaning of Life
It’s extremely difficult, but to me it’s the key anr the old dynamic of how to be in the world but not of the world. It’s important to really look at it. The other world, the world of the spirit, is approached through the increase of attention in oneself, through consciousness of oneself in the midst of hell. And we see how rare that is.
This has been remarkably illuminating and interesting conversation about how by turning towards material, by turning towards the external and doing with an attitude of deep moneu and deep consciousness we actually transcend it. In Conversation with Lobsang Phuntsok. The result is that nobody has any time anymore. I end up taking dirt putting back on everything that I cleared away.
It seems that something I said touched him and stayed with him all needlemqn years.
Every impulse, every perception within ourselves is related to the money factor—or, to be more exact, the principle of personal gain. Each time, as the man goes to make a new request, the sea is more and more threatening and the fish is increasingly annoyed.
All the great teachings or teachers have opened up that question about the relationship between the deep inner personality or deep inner self or inner reality of what we really are, underneath all the appearances, between that and what we call either the socially conditioned self or the ego or the life of action in the world of very specific material and psychological values.
In your writings you say the paradoxical answer to the centrality of money in our lives and may be an imbalance of money in our lives is not to turn away from money but to actually turn toward it and observe it more carefully, that deep quality of observation. We are not what we perceive ourselves to be. Django rated it really liked it Nov 16, I really want to thank all of you for joining us.
If a person marries for money rather than love or duty, it is not necessarily because he prefers money to love or duty, but because he has not experienced the real force of love or duty. Suddenly you can have anything you want. The moment we start doing that, we tend to make judgments and we tend to want to use it for our improvement and we tend to want to hide from ourselves just how we are towards money.
The ego is very clever. I think the spiritual people who avoid the money issue, they are missing a great opportunity to delve deeper into it.
Still the Government has to keep examine things.
The inner world the world of self-knowledge, the world of self-exploration can be immensely more vivid than the world of money, of another quality. Can you see any monsy to living in a money-driven world? Because of this, it is inevitable that we experience the external world as the strongest force in our lives.