That’s sad. How plastic and artificial life has become. We have succeeded in accumulating a greater mass of objects, but the joy in the world has grown less. For many people escaping materialism is the best way to find happiness.
There was a king who was a follower of a Saint. Once his Guruji (master) asked him to show his treasure. The king felt very happy & personally went & showed Guruji each & every corner of his rich treasure. It was a huge collection of Diamonds, Rubies & other precious stones.
The Guruji asked, “How much profit you make from these stones?”
King: “Nothing. Infact I have to spend a lot on keeping a tight security around them.”
Guruji: “Let me show you a stone even more precious than these.”
King thought it a good way of spending some more time with his Guruji & started walking with him. After a long walk, they reached near the house of an old widow. She was making flour using a grind-stone.
Guruji smiled & said to the king “This very stone makes flour for hungry people & also helps this old lady make a living. Isn’t this more precious than all of your stones?”
There is a great difference between being expensive & being useful.
What you call precious is only what you believe is expensive, those stones have no value otherwise. This old rugged grind stone is helping people make a living while your stones are wasting lot of unneccessary money just on security.
“Materialism is the only form of distraction from true bliss.”