They have no correlation. While I have heard it many times from my master, I used to always wonder how, since it is anti-thesis to what we have been taught from childhood. But in recent times as I have begun to observe wealthy people more closely and interact with them more often, I am beginning to see the truth in that statement.
Almost everyone accumulates wealth. Nothing wrong with it. But as studies suggest, happiness and peace has nothing to do with the quantum, at least once you pass a certain level. Wealth in reasonable measure helps you lead a good life. In fact a certain amount of wealth is needed to stay afloat and every one of us has to do our bit of effort to gain it. Health, Peace, Education, Happiness, etc are all related to wealth, but when it is kept at its right place, to the right amount and used with the right attitude. I was startled to find out why some people look rich, even though their asset statements don’t reflect it. Equally startling was the fact that some people with all the riches on paper, could not look rich at all. Why is this? Can’t wealth buy richness? Apparently no!
On deeper thinking I am beginning to wonder that richness is a state of mind, an attitude, which one needs to develop. It results by a change in thinking. The truth behind this thinking as stated by my master is that – if a man has wealth more than wants, he is rich; otherwise, he is poor. Does it really matter if you have a dollar or a million – what matters is how you view your wants.
This is not superficial thought. In fact a lot of people dismiss it very quickly saying that it is not practical. I find the same people complaining, worrying and anxious, even upon having a lot more than what any average man will earn in his whole life!
Hence, if your ambition in life is to be rich, don’t stop working and deny wealth its fair due. On the contrary begin to understand what richness is all about. Use wealth in the right way – if our forefathers did not value wealth, why do we have a Goddess dedicated to just that: Goddess Lakshmi.
Think about it!