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  1. keerthivasan

    keerthivasan Senior IL'ite

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    Bhagavad Gita and Wealth Creation

    Bhagavad Gita and money and Hindu spirituality and wealth creation are
    still perceived as odd combinations and it often raises several eyebrows.
    If a Hindu wants to take the spiritual path, the first advice is 'give away
    all your money and wealth and head towards the Himalayas.' Who needs money
    in a Himalayan Cave? But to be spiritually oriented and to live in a
    society we need money and we need to generate wealth. Generating wealth
    through hard work is not a sin. But money is like water. Water is essential
    for survival but it can also drown the life it sustains.

    Bhagavad Gita helps us in striking a balance – it shows us how to create
    wealth, enjoy it and not to drown in it.

    To create wealth the brain has to be challenged continuously and we have to
    put to use it in family, society, market and in business deals. Family,
    community and business are all realities and when faced with these
    realities many begin to tremble. Qualifications and abilities melt and many
    resign to a quiet life in the corner of a large government building or in a
    private sector company. Some at this juncture take to spirituality – for
    them everything is Maya – leave children and wife and head towards the
    Himalayas to seek God. In Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna when faced with the
    realities of life wanted to take refuge in meditation and spirituality.
    Krishna scoffed at that Arjuna who could not face reality.

    Real spirituality is the one which is practiced in society and not in
    caves. Look at the profile of the successful entrepreneurs in independent
    India, majority of them faced the reality and addressed the challenges
    boldly. They did not take refuge in caves or in fate.

    Spirituality today is spending time in satsangs, visiting temples, donating
    money in the hope that the Lord will automatically make one a
    multibillionaire. This spirituality has no meaning at all and it is the
    product of ignorance. Did Krishna fight for Arjuna? No, but by sitting in
    the chariot, God or Brahman or Spirit was stating that it lives in the
    heart of every single individual. But we have to bring it out when we
    interact with the society, and realize the potentiality hidden in us. In
    Sanatana Dharma, God does not sit in the heaven instead Brahman exist in
    each one of us. There is no point in meditating and chanting mantras, if we
    cannot realize our potentiality and bring it into action. Arjuna was
    finally ready for action when he realized the Krishna in him.

    When you are ready for action by realizing the Krishna or Brahman in you,
    wealth and success automatically follows. When the spiritual strength
    hidden inside is realized, one automatically overcomes the physical and
    intellectual strength that may be lacking. It is this spiritual strength
    that helped Gandhiji to overpower the British Empire.

    Most of us does not like to work. Many are forced to work and do it
    halfheartedly. Learn to enjoy what you are doing, whether it is cleaning
    the table or writing a program or playing. When you enjoy doing something,
    you will automatically excel in it. Quite often instead of enjoying the
    work, we worry more about what we will get from it. Instead of
    concentrating on the cleaning of the table, the waiter is more bothered
    about the tip the guest will offer, the programmer is thinking about
    increment and player is thinking about endorsement. Net result is that we
    do the job badly, we don’t enjoy the work or the moment and ultimately all
    the monetary dreams are shattered.

    The Bhagavad Gita says

    Work done with selfish motives is inferior by far to the selfless
    service or Karma-yoga. Therefore be a Karma-yogi, O Arjuna. Those who
    seek (to enjoy) the fruits of their work are verily unhappy (because
    one has no control over the results). (2.49)

    Our selfishness is always thinking about the end product and to create
    wealth without hard work. Put heart and soul in whatever you do because it
    is more worthwhile than chanting mantras. When you work wholeheartedly, you
    are indulging in creation and it touches the spirit in you and you
    experience spirituality. Wealth, success and fame will automatically

    But what if I fail? This is lack of self confidence. This comes out of
    unnecessarily thinking about the fruits of your work. Rarely does one
    achieve success in first attempt. Each failure teaches us several lessons.
    Each failure takes us close to success. Every work creates a result, so
    work without getting attached to results.

    Bhagavad Gita says

    A Karma-yogi gets freedom from both vice and virtue in this life
    itself. Therefore, strive for Karma-yoga. Working to the best of
    one's abilities without getting attached to the fruits of work is
    called (Nishkaama) Karma-yoga. (2.50)

    When we succeed we are happy, when we fail we are unhappy. But what was our
    state of mind when we were working. Gita is more interested in the state of
    mind when you were working. Krishna asks Arjuna to enjoy the moment and do
    the work efficiently. Arjuna should think about the first arrow that he
    will aim at Bhishma not about the last arrow striking Bhishma. Each arrow
    send by Arjuna will find an answer from Bhishma, Arjuna has to answer all
    these arrows before reaching the final arrow. Similarly, each moment you
    have to stand up to challenges, take risks and by enjoying each moment, you
    slowly move towards the victory podium. Finally, when you reach the victory
    podium you will only have a smile left because you already tasted bliss.

    While doing a work be rooted in yourself. Bhagavad Gita calls such a person
    ‘Sthiraprajna’ – a person of steady wisdom and self knowledge and who
    cannot be shaken. To create wealth and to enjoy it, you need to be a
    ‘Shiraprajna’ and then you will realize that your very nature is happiness.

  2. Saisakthi

    Saisakthi IL Hall of Fame

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    It is absolutely true, this must be practised in our life and the success is tremendous, we have practically learnt this in life, Shirdi Saibaba our guru has guided us when we were to take a wrong path and staying away from society at a time of a big failure.

    Thanks for sharing.
  3. keerthivasan

    keerthivasan Senior IL'ite

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    thank you sakthi for your time taken to share your thoughts

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