True wealth

True wealth

The light that reflects in a mirror is its wealth. Without the light, the mirror is worth little. Spiritual qualities, knowledge, and service to humanity constitute true wealth. Material possessions are necessary and acceptable, but only if they are used for the promotion of human virtue and happiness.

Bahá’u’lláh says:

‘Man’s merit lieth in service and virtue and not in the pageantry of wealth and riches. Take heed that your words be purged from idle fancies and worldly desires and your deeds be cleansed from craftiness and suspicion. Dissipate not the wealth of your precious lives in the pursuit of evil and corrupt affection, nor let your endeavors be spent in promoting your personal interest.’

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