Wealth

At its most basic, money is a tool that enables us to meet our individual needs. As a form of potential energy that empowers us to generate change, it is neither good nor bad. Yet many people react emotionally to issues concerning finances, unconsciously condemning currency itself, the manner in which money is spent, and people who live lives of financial abundance. Individuals who are rich in gifts such as high intelligence are acknowledged for their positive traits while those who have acquired material riches or aspire to become wealthy are frequently judged harshly. However, wealth is not a trait upon which judgment can be legitimately passed. It tells us nothing about how a person lives, what they believe in, whom they care for, or the scope of their values.

Like any blessing, wealth is merely an instrument of purpose that can be used both constructively and destructively. From an early age, people learn to court wealth while simultaneously associating money with greed, selfishness, and unethical behavior. Consequently, this idea becomes entrenched in their hearts as envy.

To attain a balanced and rational comprehension of money, as well as a fairer perspective of wealth, we need to recognize that outward manifestations of wealth tell us little about the individuals enjoying those blessings. When we feel the finger of jealousy prompting us to draw unflattering conclusions about people whose lives seem more financially secure than our own, we should remind ourselves that there are many elements of their circumstances we cannot see. Their wealth may be the result of long hours of taxing labor, they may donate a large percentage of their resources to charitable causes, or their bounty may be an incidental aspect of a life spent doing what they love.


Ultimately, we can heal our hurtful associations with money by turning a blind eye toward both wealth and poverty when interacting with others and instead focusing on the individual before us. If you take a moment to consider your own feelings regarding money and wealth, you may discover that you equate financial prosperity with happiness, power, security, independence, or self-indulgence. Money itself, however, is none of these things. You can begin developing a healthier view of wealth by simply accepting that while some possess great wealth and others do not, we all have the potential to create lives of beauty, substance, and wisdom using the resources we have been granted.
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15 comments:

  1. you have a great blog surjit, nice to see indians having so popular blogs in the blogosphere.

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  2. I think this is right. People deride "gurus" who have acquired wealth, for instance, but wealth is not an obstacle to spirituality unless one becomes attached to it. People don't mind surgeons becoming wealthy - why not spiritual teachers?

    Marxism is - understandably - unfashionable these days, but I think that "to each according to their need - to each according to their ability" is a noble creed. The trouble is that at our current state of consciousness, the human race is incapable of putting such a society into practice. Until that time, we need a capitalist system in order to flourish, and under such a system there will always be winners and losers - sometimes fairly, sometimes unfairly. But this is the system which serves us well, so why complain about it?

    We can strive to correct injustices of course, but ultimately we have to accept what is. As with everything else in life, the only sane approach is acceptance. If we can truly accept what is, we are wealthy beyond measure.

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  3. Thanks Neo, for your nice and motivating words.I am glad that you have liked my humble blog.
    Best wishes.

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  4. Rightly said Secret Simon:...'if we can truly accept what is.......'
    That is where real happiness lies.Thanks for sharing your insightful views.Best wishes.

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  5. Vivienne QuekMay 09, 2007

    If we are just a passerby on planet earth, than money cannot be everything. Money is just a means that could make our life a little more convenient and easier. It will not necessary make us happier.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Looking forward to see you soon.

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  6. Yes Vivienne,You have rightly said that.....money is just a means that could make our life a little more convenient and easier...and it is not everything.
    Thanks for your valuable views.
    Best wishes.

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  7. hey!!
    nice blog!!
    u are working very well on it!!
    i hope u will join blogger's brigade as u are new in bloging like me
    regards,
    kaushal
    http://above-life.blogspot.com

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  8. Thanks Kaushal, for your nice words.I shall definitely join you.
    Best wishes.

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  9. Hi Surjit...

    Very lovely post!

    Money can elicit such feelings... greed, jealousy, resentment, pride.

    And yet, as you so eloquently state, money it and of itself is neither good nor bad. It is in how we use the money where goodness can emerge, or negativity can spread.

    Thank you surjit for this...

    Blessings,

    Jennifer

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  10. Very well said: 'It is in how we use the money where goodness can emerge, or negativity can spread'.... I fully agree with you.Thanks Jenn, for your insightful views.
    Best wishes.

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  11. Without money to buy food, hungry people will still go hungry, poor and needy people still remain helpless.

    However, sometimes many (including myself) could not draw a line between our needs and wants.

    Well, like the sayings:
    "The test is not how much money you have. The test is who you become when you have it."

    Also, it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich. As long as we are willing to continue to do a good job or produce good products, we will be definitely blessed with enough riches.

    Nevertheless, one mustn't forget that money is not true riches!

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  12. Oops... I forgot to thank you for a wonderful post.

    Thank you, Surjit.

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  13. Very befitting quote.... "The test is not how much money you have. The test is who you become when you have it."
    Thanks Sam Chan, for sharing your valuable views.
    Best wishes.

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  14. I think that is very, very, very true, Surjit...
    The person I'd like to pass this along to could not 'see' me because he only saw what he didn't have financially... But he is not in a place to 'hear' it... I hope one day he will know....

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  15. I wish, Loving Annie,he could 'see' you long back. I think,he understands you in his heart of heart but something is holding him back now to express his feelings..may be his ego.
    God bless him.
    Thanks for sharing your practical views.Good luck.

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