Millionaire's Generosity Frowned Upon by Clergyman
"My idea is to have nothing left. Absolutely nothing," he said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. "Money is counterproductive – it prevents happiness to come."
Rabeder says everything changed for him while on a Hawaiian vacation with his wife. At the five-star resort where they stayed, everyone, employees and guests, played their roles perfectly, and no one was real.
Not an uncommon outcome when the awakening process begins with this sort of dis-identification from ego (embodied by the trappings of wealth in Rabeder's case), says spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, in his first book, The Power of Now.
Writes Tolle: "You will then either separate--in love--or move ever more deeply into the Now together." It appears Mrs. Rabeder chose the former.
While Tolle would be in favor of his transformation, Rabeder has more detractors than just the wife.
Jesus may have advised the Rich Young Ruler
to sell all he had and give to the poor so that he might have treasure in heaven, but the religious editor of one of the UK's most respected dailies, Anglican Priest
George Pitcher doth tisk-tisk
As if to pass off the views of some itinerate Judean preacher as "so last-milliniem," writes the Right Reverend: “If you use it for the benefit of others, employing your time and skill as well as just dispensing the dosh, then you’re probably of more benefit to the world [as a rich bloke] than [as] a former rich bloke in a hovel halfway up a mountain.”
Jesus also said, "The poor will always be among us," but then again, who is Jesus to disagree with Pitcher.
But there are also those books like The Secret and Creative Visualization that seem to paint a different picture of material wealth, a quite pleasant picture, and want to teach us how to go about making it happen. Are they opposed to Rabeder's crazy notion too?
And of note in the blogosphere are the satirical comments posted on allvoices.com
, meant to (gently) ridicule Bedekar's altruism. Writes Wordslinger, "A message from Karl Rabeder: Dear working stiffs and other people who have no money: Stop trying to be rich and get ahead in life. You don’t know how good you’ve got it."
Who's right? The smart money is on Jesus and Tolle. And books on wealth building are not in conflict.
Books like The Secret and Creative Visualization are meant to teach working stiffs what guys like Karl Rabeder already know, namely, how to turn ideas into food, shelter and clothing for themselves and their families.
What Right Reverend Pitcher apparently doesn't understand is that guys like Karl don't need money to make money. They know how to do it and they can do in their sleep if they have to.
If I were to venture a prediction, Rabeder will either decide to spend his life in prayer and contemplation of the Divine Mysteries (a practice most in the clergy would still view as beneficial for mankind), or he will soon get bored with living in a studio apartment in Innsbruck. He will then begin tinkering with an idea that comes to him, probably something that arises out of the micro-loan programs he's sponsored, and he'll end up bringing the idea to fruition.
And he will probably make more money than he did before, only this time around he will know what to do with it and he will enjoy it.
Good for you, Karl.