2. From “Words of Long Ago” by the Mother
2.09 Possession and Charity
Unfortunately there exists a very widespread error which is a serious obstacle to the practical application of this knowledge.
This error lies in the belief that a thing in the universe may be our own possession. Everything belongs to all, and to say or think, “This is mine”, is to create a separation, a division which does not exist in reality.
Everything belongs to all, even the substance of which we are made, a whirl of atoms in perpetual movement which momentarily constitutes our organism without abiding in it and which, tomorrow, will form another.
It is true that some people command great material possessions.
But in order to be in accord with the universal law, they should consider themselves as trustees, stewards of these possessions. They ought to know that these riches are entrusted to them so that they may administer them for the best interests of all.
We have come a long way from the narrow conception of charity restricted to the giving of a little of what we have in excess to the unfortunate ones that life brings in our way! And what we say of material riches must be said of spiritual wealth also.
Those who say, “This idea is mine”, and who think they are very charitable in allowing others to profit from it, are senseless.
The world of ideas belongs to all; intellectual force is a universal force.
It is true that some people are more capable than others of entering into relation with this field of ideas and manifesting it through their conscious cerebrality. But this is nothing other than an additional responsibility for them: since they are in possession of this wealth, they are its stewards and must see that it is used for the good of the greatest number.
Charity [CWM 2: 102-103]