Shri Eknathjhi, always used to say that our life should not become a story of maintenance. Suppose a car owner maintains the car regularly but if he does not use it for fear of its getting damaged, then the car is of no use. A horse is well fed, groomed and kept in trim condition so that it may gallop and carry the rider well. But if the horse is not put to use then the horse, which is only maintained, becomes useless and hence purposeless. Similarly, the whole life should not be just for maintaining ourselves. Our body should be a fit instrument for the soul to progress by serving the society. Mananeeya Eknathji says in 'Sadahana of Service', one must be in a position to say at the last breath, "I have not lived in vain. I have given much more than I have received. There is no liability on me. On the contrary, I have assets to my credit."
This is the basis of spiritual morality and spiritual economics. A man receives love, facilities, knowledge, food, co-operation and a sense of security, etc. from the society around him but if he returns a little less to the society, the whole society loses a little. For the society, the love and the facilities bestowed on him, becomes a losing proposition and an unprofitable investment. Slowly the society gets so impoverished that it cannot take care of the physical, mental and spiritual well being of people. If we want to have a sustainable social order in which all are taken care of including the old, children and the infirm, then the principle has to be 'Give far more than you receive.'