Published as Editorial by Osho in The Speaking Tree, India, November 16, 2016.
A society that condemns wealth will invariably become dishonest. Why the businessman of India is not productive? India has been condemning wealth for thousands of years. It has been saying that money is useless, money is dirt. But money is very meaningful, very useful. In life, money is a great medium of change, exchange, usage. Interestingly, saints who oppose wealth are nurtured by the wealthy businessmen of India. And remember, the businessman will respect that very saint who opposes wealth.
Being creative asks for hard work; it asks for long-term thinking, genius, lifelong perseverance. Then, in the end, wealth can be produced.
Wealth should be coveted, but coveting it means being creative: how we can produce wealth? But no one talks about producing because who will toil over a long period of time?
Actually a society has to be such in which being honest should not seem to be an austere discipline, instead being dishonest and corrupt should seem to be an austere discipline.
The rich people of India, accumulate, they hoard wealth, they don’t enjoy it. Why? Because we are taught: Simple living, high thinking. This is nonsense. The truth is: High living, high thinking.
And let me tell you that the society that produces hoarders, becomes rotten.
People who can enjoy the wealth are needed: who spend the money, spread it, not hoard it. But India accumulates wealth. An Indian makes money so that it can be locked in the vaults. And the rich man lives like a pauper. People praise him that he is a great man. This kind of man is a danger to society because the money that is stored in the vault becomes useless for society.
It is exactly like the blood circulating in the hands or feet getting blocked somewhere. As long as the blood is circulating in the body… the more it circulates the more the person remains young; the more easily, without any obstacles does it flow, the more the person will be strong. The body becomes paralysed wherever the blood circulation is blocked. The Indian businessman earns money and locks it in the safe. It becomes paralysed. Money is like blood, it should circulate. The rupee is alive when it is moving, running. That society becomes richer and richer in which money circulates faster.
Right now we don’t store air in our vaults but in the near future if air is in short supply we will start storing it in our vaults. I say to you that the world will become non-possessive if there is as much wealth in the world as there is air. And there can be more wealth than air. Technology has made it easy for us. And there is no need for any society to be poor except for unintelligent societies.
The day wealth will be available in plenty, the world will be free of the desire for wealth – a great revolution for spirituality! The moment man is liberated from money his mind will start moving towards religiousness.
I want to tell you the last thing. Produce so much wealth that the society becomes free of wealth. Produce so much wealth that for wealth no one has to be dishonest – no theft, black marketing and corruption. Produce so much wealth that wealth loses meaning.
Abridged from an unpublished talk. Courtesy Osho International Foundation. Illustration Osho News