The lowest, most mundane and worldly motivation is when we engage in a particular dharma act for the sake of benefit in this life, whether that would be material riches, good health, or the well-being of our own family. If we examine our mind and find that our motivation is this lowest kind of motivation, then we should immediately seek to adjust this motivation to aim higher, and to make our motivation one of bodhicitta. Any positive act that is undertaken with this lowest form of motivation is extremely limited in terms of the merit it generates.

[Depicted from "Life as Practical – Practical Instruction to the Lay Practitioner - Part 1" May 2015, Canada.]