“If God has given us these material things and this matter to be used, are we not supposed to use them and are we not supposed to enjoy them? But we don’t enjoy, really. Before realization you cannot enjoy any matter, you can only form a habit and may become a slave of that matter – before realization, you understand. It’s a principle of – fundamental principle of economics that wants in general are never satiable. Means today you want to buy something like a carpet, all right, bought it.
So now that carpet becomes a headache because it’s your possession, you have to look after it. You have to insure it, you have to worry about it that it doesn’t get spoilt, first of all. And secondly you really get into another mood of buying something else. Now you’ve bought the carpet, finished. Then you have to have something else, then you have to have something else, then you have to have something else. So it does not satiate you, it does not give you the joy. Matter can never give you joy. It’s the Spirit that gives you joy.”
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – 20 May 1982, extract from talk to Sahaja Yogis, Brighton, UK.