In most cases, those who have acquired wealth the easy way don’t realise its value.
On the other hand,those who have earned wealth the hard way realise its value.
Looking at this fact from a different perspective, one experiences great joy in buying something by saving from hard-earned money .
On the other hand, one who can just buy things as and when one wants, without thinking about expenses, loan-payment etc. does not have any joy in spending it. Whether buying peanuts or a high-end property, it’s the same to the one who wields the power of wealth.
I have come to this conclusion by indirect experience through contacts in my social circle. Quite a few of those who were born ‘stinking rich’ are now living as any of the middle-income group, striving for survival and small comforts in life. They had the resource earlier but did not have the know how to handle it well. For, neither did they know how to sustain it by re-investing some of it for future returns, nor did they have the power of discrimination to know who were their true friends and well-wishers and who were there with them just for their wealth. It’s been rightly said “when money is in plenty, friends are in twenty;when your purse is empty, there is not one in twenty.” This is the plight of some of them I know. And the pity of it is that they are very good human beings who have done a lot of good for the less fortunate in their golden days.
Given The power of money which can buy many luxuries of this world, one needs to have the maturity not to be a slave to it, for, then,without it, one cannot be happy. In fact, many who have the power of wealth don’t lead a stress-free and happy life due to which they don’t enjoy good health. Similarly, many of the middle-income group ,who don’t have enough money to save for the future,live day to day in stress, worrying about their children , their post-retirement life etc.
in contrast, the laborer,who earns on a daily basis, is less stress-free for he experiences the stark reality- the struggle for survival day-to-day ,and has hardly any time to worry about the future. He works for his family’s next meal!
Everyone, who works hard,would like to earn a lot of money….fine! But the only thing we need to remind ourselves is that one cannot be happy just by having a lot of money… In that case,all those,who are wealthy, must be happy, which, most are not. In fact, it can be otherwise also. I recollect my Master’swords , “Many lose their good health to earn wealth and spend half of their wealth to earn back good health!” By this He must be meaning that we should not be desperate or feverish for wealth. It’s okay to have wealth to live well in this world, but one should be satisfied at some point in life for whatever one has been blessed with. This can happen only if one looks at those who are less fortunate than oneself. If one looks at those who are more fortunate in life, one may feel unhappy and disappointed, unless one takes them as inspirations or examples to progress in life, which is the right attitude.
So, to put it in a nutshell, man’s happiness or unhappiness has nothing to do with money. It depends on his outlook in life, and his attitude towards money is one of the main criteria that can affect his happiness.
Money!Money!Money! It is a blessing like any other of this world like beauty, status, fame, etc. But it depends on man to keep it so or not to make it a curse!
The greatest wealth is to have peace and contentment in life which should be the forerunner to acquire anything,be it of this world, or, be it beyond! If one’s peace and contentment is conditional I.e. if it depends on one’s possession of the assets of this world, one can never be peaceful and truly happy.
Another truth which comes to light about man’s struggle in running after health is that he does it, to a certain extent, to fulfill his needs, after which,it becomes a way of getting recognition in the family circle, in the workplace, in his social circles. This is so because only those who have the power of wealth are recognized and respected in our society. The power of money brings, name, fame, social status… everything with it. But we need to bear in mind that this respect and recognition is not for him but for his money, and hence, is not true, and hence, not lasting. If he stops bothering about such false standards of respect, and just respects himself, he will be peaceful and contented with what he has and still do his best to progress in life
When one is peaceful and content and not greedy, the Higher Force sees to it that one doesn’t have dearth of anything one needs in life. Before the need for something arises, it is taken care of. That has been my experience in life, many a time.
O Lord! May all those, who toil for survival, be blessed with enough to fulfill their needs!
May not Greed for more and more destroy man’s peace of mind!
May not wealth and its power bring strife among men!
May it not widen the gap between the haves and the have-nots!
May it not corrupt the human minds
To lead to degeneration of lasting values And society thereof!
May it not be man’s priority
That he lives life in vanity
And loses his sanity!