THE DHARMA DISCOURSES O...

Dictionary

THE DHARMA DISCOURSES OF CARDINAL MASTER CHŎNGSAN(CHŎNGSAN CHONGSA PŎBŎ)

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Nine: Attending to the Fundamentals

49

49. The Master said, “There is a difference in the standards for assessing income and expenditures in budgeting and settling the accounts in secular life and in a life of practicing the Way. In secular life, having plenty of actual income makes life rich and comfortable; from the standpoint of Truth, however, having plenty of savings from the perspective of Truth provides abundant blessings and good fortune in the world of eternity, even if that might involve a loss in one’s secular account. Foolish people do not understand the true meaning of income and expenditure, so they go for immediate income before all else, even by misleading others with various deceptions. It is like a debtor who falls deeper into the pit of debt: when will blessings and good fortune ever return to that person? Therefore, by understanding the correct path of income and expenditure, you should not only balance well secular income and expenditure in the spirit of benefiting oneself and benefiting others, but always offer additional benefits to others through your mind, speech, and actions, and cultivate an infinite field of merit through a true assessment of daily and monthly income and expenditures.”