AN OPEN SESAME TO REAL PROSPERITY
We encounter two types of people: those who are prosperous and those who are impecunious. The destitute suffer the pangs of want. The prosperous are saved from this misfortune. The lesser the wants, the more the real prosperity. What is the cause for this nagging fear of poverty and how to escape it?
The have-nots are shadowed with interminable blue moods. The stronger the cravings, the profounder the remorse and sorrow. The present age has invented infinite numbers of gadgets and means of comfort that emperors of yore never dreamt of. Earlier man, in his simple existence, sought no comforts. As a consequence he was never embroiled with irresistible desires. Now, with the availability of these facilities, people who do not possess them, feel deprived and are sorrowful on that count. When a desire is born and remains unfulfilled, there occurs the resultant sorrow. If a desire were not born, there would arise no want and hence no sorrow. The saintly being never calls for comforts. This makes him free of regrets. At the root lies, not an absence of means of comfort, but an urge for them. If wants were the reason for sorrow, the poor would always be sorrowful and the rich would suffer no such distress. It is, however, a common observation that the prosperous are pestered with sorrow, more frequently. The richer one grows, the hunger for riches becomes insatiable.
Fulfillment of desires does not yield us joy. The one who has no desires left, is the one who experiences true happiness. Desires generate a kind of itch, invariably followed by melancholia. The transitory sense of fulfillment due to indulgences vanishes into thin air in a jiffy. The denouement is utter fiasco. Urges are perennial, but not the capacity to fulfill them. Means fall far short of virtue to award fulfillment. Our dissatisfaction brings more sorrow. Thus fulfillment and non-fulfillment of desires, both, conclude in utter disappointment.
The wise one knows that joy is not in the satisfaction of desires, but in the total eradication of them. He bids good bye to all desires. Only a person who has total control over his desires, is prosperous and truly empowered to deal with all situations. The person devoting all his time and energy in fulfilling his desires becomes their slave. He is like a menial at the disposal of naked desires.
Material riches are transient. They are not true belongings. They are with us only for a short while and leave us howsoever reluctant we be. As compared to this, the attributes of generosity and love are lasting and never quit us. We forget this supreme truth in our ignorance.
Selflessness is one such quality, where a person is ready to part with his wealth, for the welfare of others. The unselfish person keeps himself aloof from silt and scum of wealth. He attaches no importance to wealth, nor measures his worth by his belongings. He is thus spared from gnawing fears and anxiety, as experienced by the greedy one, who has attached himself to his wealth. Neither does the untrammelled being shed tears, if he grows impecunious.
Let us see for ourselves as to who is truly joyous. Is a person constantly engaged in the pursuit of wealth and his own pleasure, while anxiety-ridden all the time of likely loss, genuinely cheerful? Joyous indeed is the person who has given his all, for the welfare of others. Accumulation of wealth and greed for it are antonymous with joy. Joy comes from service to others. True wealth lies in affection and love for our fraternity and not in material riches.