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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This is where capitalism begins with great vision. The whole point of life, Needleman insists, is uniting with the great I Am, but he emphasizes in this book that we can’t thereby neglect the “lower” things; we have to give money and sex and material things their due meanihg our life.
To study money is to study a very large part of what we are. Today, in our present era, we may speak of it, giving the word an entirely new dimension of power, as conscience. Obviously there is a continuum.
Because, sometimes it is very beneficent. You want to have a huge fo so you are never in debt.
Paperbackpages. But most of us, unfortunately, have a very dull inner world. If we’re on a spiritual quest for self-transformation, we need to give our best attention to how we are with money because it’s one of the keys to a ilfe part of our human nature.
That is fragile at the beginning. We are neither pure spirit, nor pure egos and animals. That is, we need to find an awareness that can be in contact with the two worlds. How do you reconcile our material and spiritual needs so that you can stay grounded yet integrated and authentic in both pursuits? No fear greater—for many of us—than the fear of not having money. It’s a spiritual practice to forgive a debt.
I was hoping for a more philosophical treatment of money in this book by a philosopher, but it didn’t rise much higher than most money-man books. Right, but if you are expressing what you are by what you are doing, so if you are doing what you want or feel you have tapped into your inner consciousness, whatever it is, you are not really thinking about the material. It starts by having the courage and sincerity to really look at money, to see how we feel about it and how we relate to it.
Deep down in our essence, love is our nature, and I believe that we have to touch even when we’re making our money macob scoring our points. The experience of the inner world, for most people, is not enough to give real faith that there is something more important needlemsn money. In the concluding chapter of his book, Dr.
But it’s putting a thf possibility in the world. To be deeply human with another person it doesn’t matter what the context brings a current of life into the interaction.
Money & the Meaning of Life
Death is the great equalizer. Bessel van der Kolk.
Sometimes the two masquerade as each other. Preeta laughs The amount of hypocrisy is enormous. You write in “Money and the Meaning of Life” that “money is the key znd the question of who and what we are. Without this complete perception, the experience of the inner self is less vivid, and the outer world dominates human life.
Dec 08, Dan Burke rated it it was amazing. The author’s attempt to wrap this book in a story needlessly made the book drag on without adding any value to it. Especially, to open up the reality of the inner world. I end up taking dirt putting back on everything that I cleared away. Plenty of people had written about being spiritual about money, but I found that mostly unworkable and somewhat hypocritical.
Michael rated it it was amazing Nov 01, Jacob Needleman, professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University, has been on a lifelong quest to integrate the great spiritual and wisdom teachings of the world with how to live the challenges of everyday life, writing books on love, time, medicine, and psychiatry.
Jacob Needleman, Money and the Meaning of Life
In every human life there are glimpses of the inner world, glimpses that could lead us to the search for the real inner self. The heart has it’s own attention. So if money is such an important and central part of our life in contrast to the spiritual, is it your view that we should be moving away? It’s independent of the money nature, of the money question, of that part of ourselves that is ruled by money. That’s part of the question. We approach this whenever we realize that how we act contradicts what we lifs to be our deepest values.
Money and the Meaning of Life by Jacob Needleman
I think as he is focused on so many of these subjects. For example, technology, which is an aspect of science as applied to the outer world of materiality and all the forces and elements, safety, health, family and so on. How do you find that balance between hhe I just want to thank you for this powerful conversation.