Etawah. The father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi has very rightly said in his autobiography:
“If wealth is lost, nothing is lost
If health is lost, something is lost
If character is lost, everything is lost”
This clearly shows that wealth is not the only thing to be possessed. The greed for having more and more money is responsible for all the maladies affecting the world.
If one nurses the opinion that it is the money which is all powerful, one is greatly mistaken. If our deeds are righteous, money will automatically come. But if one has love only for money and what money can buy, one is sure to suffer. Money is just needed to satisfy our bare minimum needs. It cannot buy all pleasures of life. Money gives us comfort but not necessarily happiness.
Only the Almighty is all powerful. He can turn kings into paupers and paupers into kings overnight. Money never remains with one person. It keeps on changing hands. Wealth stored in treasure is just a dead money which can give pleasure only to a greedy man who has no human values. In Bible, Deuteronomy 8:18, it is said that “God gives us capacity to earn wealth only if we prove to be good caretaker of wealth and use it with best ability and social harmony.”
When we talk of ability, immediately what comes to our mind is the immense contribution to the social reforms by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, Dr. S Radhakrishnan, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Swami Vivekananda and many more. All these people came from ordinary background but their ability and karma were so shining that in front of which even a very rich man stands nowhere.
Wealth alone is not enough to be great. Many dacoits, smugglers, politicians, businessmen and religious priests may have much more wealth but if they are not social and cannot help needy people, their wealth is of no use.
Aristotle was the guru of Alexander the great. When Alexander stepped out with a feeling of World victory, he asked his guru what he should bring for him from India, the Golden Bird. He replied very politely that he does not want gold, silver or diamonds. He eagerly wanted the story of Rama and Sita, “The Ramayana” and “The Gita”, the story of Lord Krishna. This shows that humanity is more precious and valuable than wealth. If one spends money for the joy of a needy and crying man, God will shower wealth on him spontaneously. So wealth is to be used with ability in the welfare of society and not stored in lockers. It is a very simple saying: ‘More we use in good cause, more we will get.’
Many rich people are not kind hearted. They do not behave in accordance to the property they possess. They are actually heartless. Their behaviour is like a greedy and angry wolf. Because of greediness and selfishness, their heart becomes dry. They are just like a barren land where no crop grows. We should all try to be far away from such people.
True humanity gives us the lesson, ‘Love others and help others and then only think
of yourself. One should visualise the fact and always remember that:
“Rivers do not flow for themselves Trees do not eat their fruits Moreover, somebody plants mango tree, And others enjoy sweet mangoes”