In Hello Dolly, Dolly Levi is heard to say, “Money, pardon the expression, is like manure, it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around, encouraging young things to grow.” This is a very succinct way of saying that wealth that is not shared may begin to rot and destroy our lives. And the important thing is not to give our wealth away indiscriminately, but rather it is shared “encouraging young things to grow.” Wealth is not given away to rescue or enable people, keep them co-dependent and give us a feeling that we have done something noble and good.
Living with enough is not limited to material things but extends most especially to the religious and spiritual. As we grow in our relationship with the Divine Essence we realize that more is less and less is more. We appreciate the wisdom of the unknown author who says, “He who buys what he does not need steals from himself.” As we give away material things that are superfluous we begin to give away religious and spiritual practices that we no longer need. We claim once again the wisdom, simplicity and freedom of a child. The life of a little child embodies Leela, the Sanskrit word that is often translated as play. A little child is a reflection of all reality and the cosmos which is the creative Leela of the Divine Essence. As we allow ourselves to participate in the dance of the Divine Leela, our lives become simple and mystical. We experience deep inner peace and freedom in every circumstance of our lives.