Thursday, August 20, 2009
Enhance your greatest wealth
What is your greatest wealth - something that is permanent and losing which you lose everything ? Our true wealth is not our possessions represented by money because it can be lost and is not permanent. Also, we can earn it again even if we lose it. It is not our relatives because they will leave us one day. It is not our knowledge because as we age our mind becomes feeble and we may forget it. It is not our health which is so fragile. What, then, is our greatest wealth ?
If we think about it, our real wealth is our character. Our knowledge and learning's are of no use unless it gets converted into practice and becomes our character. Character becomes our unique identifier and wealth too. If we lose it, we may never be able to recover it. If we have it, we do attract all other types of wealth. What is character but a combination of values ? If we embrace good values and inculcate them in our daily thought and behaviour, we indeed become very wealthy.
There are many values that we have spoken about. Each one of us may choose a combination of values that will become a hallmark of our respective character. Mahatma Gandhi chose non-violence and became great. King Harishchandra was known for his commitment to truth and King Yudhisthir for his steadfast adherence to Dharma. Determination and courage describes the character of Abraham Lincoln. What will we be known by? The choice rests entirely with us to acquire a stainless character.
Choose to see the omnipresent Lord in all beings and thereby become selfless. Look at our fellow beings with love, speak words of love, think of the well being of all and give up unholy desires and traits. Each one of us has the power to become great and promote our greatest wealth. You and I can make this world more beautiful and peaceful by leading a life of values.