Wealth is the abundance of valuable resources or material possessions. Wealth in itself is of no value, someone owning it gives “it” some “value”. Similarly Wisdom (Hinduism) is considered a state of mind and soul where a person achieves salvation. Again here salvation is achieved by “someone”. So salvation may not be anything in itself, right? Once you achieve it there is no “self”, that is another side of it though.
The definition of wealth (or for being wealthy) in my opinion is – when you have no more desire to earn more possession – when you have complete disinterest for money – you are wealthy. Because there is no end to earning. There may be a possibility that you are the wealthiest person on earth in the list of Forbes. You may not be interested to say “enough is enough!” I don’t need more money.
According to me one is wealthy – if one decides doing things because he/she enjoys doing the work and therefore does his/her work just for the hack of it. Say if I go to office with a motive of Salary at the end of the month, I am not wealthy. But if I do the same work because I enjoy doing it, feel self-satisfied and content. so the salary is not the desire but the fulfillment I achieve makes me wealthy. The later becomes reality with wisdom.
What if wealth and wisdom meet? The age old approach of the west (wealth) meets the even older approach for life of the east (wisdom). I do not think the world would remain the same, this world would become wealthy and wise. Largely we would stop running for growth, to bailout countries and to make more money. This would be the world where the Business would meet the Buddha and people would do their work as their duty rather than compulsion.
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Life Is Beautiful · March 28, 2013 at 9:56 pm
And that Steve jobs poster is one of my fav write…
Do listen to Steve jobs’ stanford commencement speech… Street hungry, stay foolish…
rummuser · March 28, 2013 at 10:49 pm
Ishavasyam idam sarvam yat kinca jagatyam jagat,
Tena tyaktena bhunjitha ma grdhah kasya svit dhanam. Isha 1.
The upanishad has commenced with the word Isha. It is, therefore, called Ishopanishad. In this mantra, some unparalleled messages have been given for the mankind:
Firstly, it declares: jagatyam yat kinca jagat idam sarvam ishavasyam. It means – within this entire universe, all the animate and inanimate are pervaded by the Lord, are the statement of the Lord.
Secondly, it is said: tena tyaktena bhunjitha. It means – remembering the Lord, surrendering to Him, enjoy all the gotten objects of pleasure.
Lastly, the mantra concludes saying: ma grdhah dhanam kasya svit. It means – do not be attached, do not covet anybody’s wealth; know it, wealth and the objects of enjoyments, whose are these?
Basically, concepts have been explained in this mantra. The concepts are – the Lord is Omnipresent. Always remember Him and enjoy the objects received as His divine gifts. Understand the nature of the objects of enjoyment and maintain conscious awareness with regard to their Creator and Master.
KRD Pravin · March 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm
Wow! I need to read all these Upnishads. Thank you so much for your enlightening thoughts uncleji.
preeti · March 29, 2013 at 1:28 am
Dear Pravin, I hope to see you in conclaves organised by different media groups!!!!!
Your thoughts are so from the heart; yet so practical!!!!!
Thanks for the post. its my sheer delight to read your thought provoking blogs.
KRD Pravin · March 29, 2013 at 12:19 pm
Com’on, I am just a guy next door… check what Rummuser uncleji said, I think he should be in those conclaves. He is Gyani, business, religion, fiction and what not, just talk to him once, you would realize that he keeps his message humorous too…
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