Virender Sehwag: Hi Sadhguru. This is Virender Sehwag, and I want to ask a question. Why do people in life, running after money?
Sadhguru: Sehwag! Why someone running after money? No – a whole lot of people around you are running after the ball!
It’s wrong to assume that everybody is running after money. It is just that, we have made money the currency, or a common… instead of being on barter system… if you are on barter system, if I gave you a ball, you will give me a bat – then we would be doing that.
But now, you can buy a ball and a bat with money. You can buy a home and a car with money. You can buy food and comfort with money. So money has become a common transaction tool, and people need that to live. Now, how they want to live? They don’t want to live well. They want to live better than their neighbour! Because of that, money becomes important.
Money is not a goal, I want you to remember. It is only a process.
If they just want to live, money would be a small part of their life. But, now they want to live better than their neighbour, bigger than their neighbour – so run behind the money becomes an endless run. Otherwise, in a short period of time, what you need for your lifetime, you can create in terms of money. And, then do what is significant for your life, rather than running after a tool, which was just created to simplify transactions. Instead of simplifying transactions, it has complicated human life.
That is because, money is just a process – but, a whole lot of people are beginning to think that money is a goal by itself. Money is not a goal, I want you to remember. It is only a process. It’s an enabling process. If you want to buy food, you need money. If you want to buy comfort, you need money. But now, you’re trying to buy a life with money. You will not succeed, for sure.
It doesn’t matter, whether you have 10 rupees today, or 10 million tomorrow, or 10 billion tomorrow – I have seen many billionaire beggars, still with the same mentality, where is the next buck? Money is only a tool of transaction. It is not a goal by itself. It’s only a process.