Sunday, February 22, 2015

How much wealth do we really need?

How much wealth do we really need?

ॐ ईशा वास्यमिदँ सर्वं यत्किञ्च जगत्यां जगत् ।
तेन त्यक्तेन भुञ्जीथा मा गृधः कस्यस्विद्धनम् ॥१॥

(Isavasyam idam sarvam yat kim ca jagatyam jagat, tena tyaktena bhunjitha, ma gridhah kasyasvid dhana)(Verse1, Isavasya Upanishad).

(All this is in the Universe is inhabited by God. Therefore enjoy things by renunciation. Do not covet because it doesn't belong to us)

The Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi was very famous for wearing one cloth...loin cloth. British PM Winston Churchill epithet him "the half-naked fakir". But this fakir was so powerful in transmission of his messages by walking the talking, that millions of people have changed the way of their life.

When he met the England King George V and Queen Marry in Bankingham Royal Palace in tea invitation on 5 November 1931, he wore only his loin cloth and a hand spun shawl. “You wear plus-fours; I prefer minus-fours", he replied when the King asked about his clothing. When someone asked if he had enough on, he replied, “The King had enough on for both of us.” He was representing India, the Nation made poor by the Britishers.

Gandhi was experimenting his living with a style of simplicity. His needs were minimal. During freedom struggle, he had couple of loin cloths and a stick. His food was vegetarian simple; goat milk, sweet lemon and boiled carrot. "We should eat to live and work, eat only which is required but not to appease our taste buds"; he used to say.

When somebody asked Gandhi a question to define theft, he replied, "if I need 2 rotis to eat but eat 4, I am a thief of 2 rotis". Overeating has been called "a theft" by Gandhi.

'The body was never meant to be treated as a refuse bin, holding all the foods that the palate demands'. – Mahatma Gandhi.

Rajgopalachari, the first Indian Governor General of Independent India used to wash his cloths living in President House at old age. Richest man of India those days, Ghanshyam Das Birala used to observe simplicity in his living.

Once I went to meet Naran Bapu in Halol (Gujarat). I took Jamun (Indian Blackberry) for him. But when I offered him, he took only one and said, my body needs this much only.

Pre independence India was in white colours and post era has brought us colours and fashions. It does increase in employment opportunities but sometime, it looks a competition of displaying Clothes, the Colourful Clothes.

Many of us spend more on food, clothes and comforts, than required. Wear more clothes then required. Eat more than we need. And instead of building strength of the body, provide comforts and make it weak. 

We spend thousands in showing off the dresses and food dishes in marriages, in public and private functions. Surprisingly, the people with low digestion capacity are eating food worth of 1000-5000 per dish. The taste buds take all items and 90 % of them go in the waste bins. Caterers feel happy adding number of plat counts in the mess. People eat heavy food with free amebiasis. Next day is followed by some medicine or churan to drain that food out! And whatever stored become a liability of kachcha aaam (undigested stuff) result into adding strength of cholesterol and other deposits. 

Millions are sleeping empty stomach and thousands are in need of clothes and shelter but we are enjoying our luck with making our living cost very high with a brand of richness. 

Either we eat in earthen or iron/steel/ copper/silver/gold utensil; the food need for the body is the same, few chapati and a bowl of vegetables or for some, chicken's leg! The excess can go to the needy people. 

धन की तीन गति है। दान, भोग और नाश। Spending in charity is the best path. Charity of the best, not of discarded clothes and used food mostly people do. 

"O ye who believe! Give of the good things which ye have (honourably) earned, and of the fruits of the earth which We have produced for you, and do not even aim at getting anything which is bad, in order that out of it ye may give away something, when ye yourselves would not receive it except with closed eyes. And know that Allah is Free of all wants, and worthy of all praise". -Quran 002.267

22 February 2015

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