547 – The power of worldly possessions

We all love our possessions and are happy to be possessed by them. Many of us tend to think of our loved ones as possessions. When you look at the meaning of this word, it means ownership, custody. Is it possible to own someone? What happens to us when we think of some object as belonging to us? It grasps us and we wish to have it with us, permanently.

The truth is that we are proud of our wealth, possessions, property, honor, rank and so on, but nothing accompanies us at death. Consider this, O mind: no one is your own. In this world there is mere illusion. – Swami Vivekananda

Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it. – Pericles

It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. – Carl Gustav Jung

After dusk a firefly comes out and thinks it lights the world. But as soon as the stars appear, its pride takes a fall. Then the stars begin to think that they are lighting the world. After some time, the moon appears, the stars are dimmed in shame. The moon then begins to think, that the whole world is smiling because of its own light and that it is lighting up the world. But not much later comes the dawn. And then the sun rises and now the moon is dim. In a short time, it is invisible. If wealthy people were to think this way, they would not take pride in their wealth. – Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna

Swami Sivananda believed that spiritual revelations must be shared, and he was never possessive about his wisdom.

Aim Hrim Klim

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