Philosophy: Practicing Aparigraha

Aparigraha is the concept of non-possessiveness or non-greediness.

It does not speak about how much wealth you have. Aparigraha is your attitude towards wealth and its importance. How do your material possessions define you as a person?  Will having millions make you haughty and condescending to others?  Will being less fortunate make you bitter and resentful or make you covet and steal other people’s belongings?

The Scripture also preaches this – “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:9-21) … “For whoever can be trusted with very little, can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little, will also be dishonest with much” (Luke 16:10).

Whatever you have right now is good for your heart. In time,  you may have more when your heart is ready. Or, it could be the other way around, you may have less to humble your heart.

 

Melissa J (200hr YTT – July 2017 batch)