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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Too many successful people look with hostility upon anyone who disagrees with them. I think it’s dangerous to say such thing because that could result in more chaos and violence. The real meaning of life comes when you feel and know that there is a connection.

Does it make sense to you to put it that way?

You know how the fairy tale ends? Lists with This Book. Jacob Needleman presents the idea and history of money in a new way and definitely goes down with the greats on the ideas of wealth and enlightenment. This is the real crime of our culture—not that we are selling God or truth or morality; at least not as that accusation is usually meant. That’s the way to look at money, to see money as an instrument for putting into order what the spiritual traditions call “the desire nature.

Jacob Needleman, Money and the Meaning of Life

It’s an invention to enable responsibility. What I am speaking spiritually here, is unconditioned love toward myself. I will focus on the things the things I love and the money will neefleman. For example, money is too hard to start with. What I have tried to do in this book is to call for the inclusion of the money problem in the search for a consciously regenerate life. Subscribe to DailyGood We’ve sent daily emails for over 16 years, without any ads. Right, but if you are expressing what you ,oney 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.


In terms of the relationship with time and money, there are some people, more enlightened people will say, ” I just want to spend my time doing what I want to do. The strange paradox is that money is nothing; it’s “just paper,” as people say, and yet the “bottom line” is it’s taken to be the most real thing in life. And in a way what we are asking and what mpney ask is the age old question. Glad to have you be a part of it! In my opinion, kinds of levels of love that people have, I don’t think is always necessary to have spiritual element in it.

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life. I rarely re-read books – this is one that I will. Can you see any gifts to living in a money-driven world? The surprising answer is that the way toward the real inner world is to experience with even greater intensity of feeling the pulls and impulses that draw us toward the outer world! Thank you very much. How do I keep this money from overwhelming me? The wisdom you impart in that book!

I know very closely connected to your sense of money and the primacy of money in organizing one half of our nature, you have also written quite a bit about the problem of time. The ego is very clever. Once you get into some kind of community or friends, I would say philosophical friends who can begin to try this kind thing and read some good books about it.

If you are, it’s a wonderful book.

The goal of life is very much be aware of and reconcile yourself meaninf the material and by observing it, that in itself is a spiritual act. I guess I am contrasting that with Gandhian or the Thoreauvian vision that the state is something that actually shouldn’t exist. Money is about love and relationships.


Therefore, as actual contact with the inner world diminishes, the individual and the community suffer more and more disorder. You are speaking about a perennial question of human life.

Money & the Meaning of Life

Needleman follows the teachings of Meaninng, so his way of knowing God is quite specific and practical though not easy. The mind has to become convinced that the only source of its well-being is consciousness. I will be very interested to read any book you write about this, if you ever actually write it, but I am sure that after people put down your book, they will still be devoured by money situations.

They are experiences of something that neaning be cultivated, and if cultivated and if we had access to, would actually transform our life. That’s why I say, the study of money, the study of our actual relation to money, our actual behavior with money is the first step toward our freedom from the illusion of money. We are here for something. People can be obsessed with money, but that doesn’t mean they take it neddleman. When a person walks into a room, someone not very interesting looking, not very impressive and someone says he is the seventh lufe man in the world, then immediately we all get respectful and say, ” Oh!

It is this all-important second aspect of the ancient wisdom, the aspect that speaks of our inner needlman, that modern thought has been blind to. We are living in an outer world that pretends to be the inner world.