" What is wrong with wanting material things to make life more comfortable - "
"If it is a real requirement , there is nothing wrong , provided you do not become attached to it. But if it becomes an obsession, that does not help at all; it harms you. Whatever necessities you require, work to get them. If you fail to get something, then smile and try again in a different way. If you succeed, then enjoy what you get, but without attachment."
This wisdom is an excerpt from " The Art of Living " as recommended reading by my teacher .The chapter entitled "The Root of the Problem" comes at a period when I am immersed in the "MATERIAL WORLD" as part of my current work; i.e. dealing with luxury / high-end speculators & developers . A realm where a $ 4 MM house in Shady Canyon, Rancho Santa Fe or Montecito is treated as the lower reaches of the spectrum. And this is the conundrum, endeavoring to stay focused & move forward on this PATH & co-existing with "the job".I am relying on this book and meditation to provide BALANCE , insight and eventually DETACHMENT.