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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 follow.

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.

These are just my thoughts and experiences. Pick up the Bhagavad Gita and read it and it will answer your problems and create wonderful ideas and thoughts in you.

Comments

  1. Just what I was looking for tonight. I send you love brother.

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  2. Thank you. this piece of inspiration came at just the right moment.

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  3. You have inspired me to read the Gita. Well written article!

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  4. Thanks abilash... Wonderfull thought, Gita is lyf...

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  5. simply awesome, very motivational.

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  6. very well written....the way you explain with today's life ,even new person will inspire to read GITA ...i will request if all spirtual events simplify with today life ,which you do that...keep writing soul food for us.. thanks

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  7. you have put together some very profound teachings in simplest of words.
    Simply beautiful.
    Wish you a great journey in life.

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  8. Expect The Best! Give The World Your Best And The Best Will Come To You!! Have Absolute Faith And Belief In A Power Greater Than You Are!!! Never Ever Give Up!!!! Desiderata: http://cli.gs/aTSvnH
    Swami Sukhabodhananda: Life Is Like An Arrow Shot From A Bow: The Past Is History The Future Is Mystery The Present Alone Is A Gift Treat The Present As A Present: Be In The Here And Now: Go With The Flow. Forget The Past. Have No Fear Or Worry About The Future: Dwell/Be In The Here And Now: In This Moment By Being Aware Of Your True Inner Self. Awareness Of Inner Self: The Awakened State: SELF/GOD Realization: GOD/BHAGAVAN/GREAT UNIVERSAL MIND/COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS/BRAHMAN (Learn about VEDANTA Re: BRAHMAN and ATMAN here: ADVAITA: http://www.advaita-vedanta.org/avhp/ In This Moment With This Awareness Create Your Bliss To Manifest Your Desired State Unfolding to Self/GOD Realization/COSMIC Consciousness is Real True Life Happiness. Vedas (Yoga Vedanta): Ultimate GOAL In Life: Self/GOD Realization. Swami Sukhabodhananda: Fundamental Desires (Not Topical/Unessential Desires): SAT CHID/CHIT ANANDA SAT: Desire To Live. CHID/CHIT: Desire For Knowledge. ANANDA: Desire That Life Should Be Happy So Often, We Get Lost In The Unessential And Miss What Is Essential. The Commitment Of A Spiritual Person Is To Fulfill The Fundamental Desires and Not Get Lost In The Unessential Desires. http://www.prasannatrust.org/index.php?file=home http://www.prasannatrust.org/index.php?file=videos# GOLDEN RULE as stated by Jesus: DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU:

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  9. Well written. Have A Grateful Day Full Of Gratitude With THANKSGiving! Appreciate Your GOOD!! Life Is Good! Life Is Great!! Life Is Excellent!!!

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  10. Very Well Written.
    Keep up the good work...
    Thanks,

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  11. Great work. Nice article. I am glad I came across your blog. :)

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  12. Bhagwan again and again stressed in the seven hundred verses that one should give up doership and ownership. This is just to extend your thoughts given above. I appreciate the passage.

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  13. an evil person seldom feels frustrated whereas a good person often feels frustrated. does it mean that the evil person follows the GITA as he is unnattached to his actions.

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  14. blessed are thou, for sending this powerful message...

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  15. Beautiful !!! Your words and the way you have explained bhagavd gita and wealth creation is beautiful !! - Deepika

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  16. Nicely & well described!, GOD sent message at a right time. thanks!

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  17. Excellently written very inspirational

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  18. Your articles are well written. Is there any anything in hindu scriptures that points to equality between people and nixes caste distinctions?

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  19. @ Anonymous...yes there is read the first mantra of Isa Upanishad...it states that all that is here is Supreme Truth...so all animate and inanimate are equal there is no distinction.

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  20. srimad bhagwatgita is an encyclopedia for prosperous&spiritual life by surrenderingur self towardsalmighty.

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  21. Excellent piece!

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  22. KEEP IT ON.IT IS THE NEED OF TODAYS UNCERTAIN WORLD AND IT IS NOT LIMITED TO HINDUS BUT IS FOR EVERYONE ON THIS EARTH.THAT IS THE RICHNESS OF HINDUISM
    HINDU DHARMABHIMANI

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  23. Satish(ersatishgoel64@gmail.com)May 19, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    Do Your best & god will do the rest.
    Don't Expect Anything from anyone.
    You will have to pay/get for all your work.

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  24. Thanks..Beautiful article..very inspirational...

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  25. Very Nice article. A great way to start the day. Thank You!

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  26. @Arvind,

    According to Gita and Bhagavata there are good actions (that lead to Heavens) and bad actions (that lead to hell).

    From action point of view, there are 3 things: motive, then the action and the result. Abhilash's amazing explanation from Gita is about intense focus on the second one. If the evil doer is achieving this focus naturally he might achieve excellence, but result is eventually not ignored by fate.

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  27. Very nice Article
    Keep it up.
    Thanks,
    -Rama.

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  28. Abhilash,
    I can intuitively understand the concept of focusing on action w/o bothering about the result. However, isnt it advisable to keep the end in mind while acting? It is like keeping the destination in mind while travelling. Otherwise, wouldnt we go to the wrong destination (action leading to an incorrect result?).
    Am perhaps being naive here ...but this question has always been there in my mind.

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  29. When we enjoy what we are doing...we will reach the end point successfully.

    Its like making a curry. If i go on thinking about the end taste i will not concentrate and make mistakes.

    But if i enjoy each step cutting the vegetables putting masalas etc then the final curry will be apt.

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  30. Great Inspiration ,Good work keep going.

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  31. Agreeable to good extent but mantras are the combinations of vibrations through which we bring out the Brahman within.So there is a point in chanting the mantras. When this brahman is out its the state of realization and one does not have materialistic desires.

    Eg: Take 2 clean cups and fill the water in it. Keep one in front and sit near the god and chant some mantras with faith in it. at the same time let the other bowl of water in any other place away from mantras vibrations. Chant for as long as you can, min 2 hrs. then taste both the waters and you can feel the difference in the purity of the water. Chanting mantras with faith purifies our thoughts and it is reflected by our deeds. Bhakthi, Gyan, Vyragya are the keys to broden the experience of life and after life. There are manything we cant see from our eye, but it never means it doest exist just bec we cant see it.

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  32. thank you for sharing your thoughts with us..Our education ''lacks '' spiritual education ..THE DAY THIS IS REKINDLED,Bharat desh will once again reign in glory...Amen

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  33. Thank you for this. I'm not a Hindu, but I've just read the Gita and found it to be one of the most inspiring books I have ever come across. Your input on ho to use the Gita in everyday lide is most helpeful :)

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  34. Thanks Abhilash. Great work...God Bless.
    -Kumar

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  35. Beautiful. Thank you. :-)

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  36. A Humble request....Please Write "SriMad Bhagwat Geeta'' instead of merely Geeta.

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  37. Thanks Krishna thanks radhe...you send a good man...

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  38. many thanks
    it is a light to darkness

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  39. thanks.......many many many...........really great....
    very rarely do we get such interpretations of great thoughts..!!!

    any one else interested in more similar stuffs must must must download and read complete works of Swami Vivekananda.
    at www.holybooks.com

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  40. Aah! Great article to come across on a dull Sunday evening. I'm very much inspired to read the gita now. However I agree with one of the comments, mantras are important, along with the hard work.

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  41. Thanks Abhilash. I was searching for the meaning of staying up late night for Shivaratri when i found this post. The mark of great teachers is to explain complex concepts in simple terms. For this the teacher needs indepth knowledge. You are the teacher here. With your indepth knowledge you were capable of first making the mindmap of the best way to explain and then gave this beautiful expalanation.

    Doing one's own work is one's duty. Let us take about asking & gettinga a promotion . Work involved is huge which we are responsible to act on like:
    -Identifying many of the team's need an year before
    -Getting the best solutions for each of these problems
    -knowing and executing the right things needed for promotion
    -Speaking to your boss for promotion in the right way
    -Having faith in God for promotion by praying and leaving our desire into the universe
    -Visualizing promotion
    -Doing any other activity that will help in making the case stronger.

    After doing all these(all in individual's hand), if you still dont get promoted, it means

    -You will have to do some more research on how to get promoted in the org
    -Still time has not come for promotion to happen.

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  42. Its really superb the truth, but difficult to accept. this is the fact, live accordingly and then ur life becomes meaningful

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  43. Well done bro...i really appreciate your for this. god bless :-)

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  44. Love the article! Very clear and well written.
    My experience is that one's reality is God. So a businessman entwined in financial considerations can believe that the more money amassed brings him closer to God. I expect that is one reason for the banker/speculator ensemble now destroying the money system world wide. They just don't see there is more to life.
    No matter the bank balance, great or small, one can feel stuck, as if one is not free. All one needs for freedom, is to see more accurately, one's true position. That doesn't cost a cent. If you are always willing to see more, you never need to feel trapped again. My experience.

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  45. Love the article! My experience is one's reality is God. Unless one knows there is always more reality, more truth, one can get stuck in any framework. And that is the only hell that exists.

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  46. Monetary wealth is not wealth at all,when we move to spirituality we face many difficulties,but let the condition may be adversed but bhagwat gita is the only solution.
    so never forget the the teachings of GITA.

    DILBAGH RAI BHATIA.
    ASTROSPIRITUAL GUIDE,PURI ODISHA ,INDIA
    MOB 07205886150

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  47. Perfect timing for this wonderful piece of inspiration.

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  48. We all are like as Arjun. Everybody wants to listen this advise carefully, study and practice.
    for physical /spiritual life.

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  49. you have gave me the answer which my mind has caused problem in a very powerful spiritual way
    thanks keeps posting for your good work
    Hare|Krishna
    @dodo

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  50. Nice to read your article!..Thank you.

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  51. Dear Sir,

    I have recently brought the great epic Bhagavad Gita book to home, i am very much interested to read it, i would like to know the procedure to read it, pleaseguide me...

    Thank You
    Bharathi

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  52. Hello Abhilash,

    Really good article...tough concepts explained in simple words related to day-to-day life, even youngsters can relate to. Thank you so much for this! :)

    Thanks,
    S.Bagyalakshmi

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  53. Hi

    As someone said, explaining complex concepts in simple language is mark of a great teacher and this article does just that.
    Thanks a lot. My father expired last week and I am going through a lot of 'aatm-manthan', challenging even why we are here on earth and what I am supposed to do in this world. This article helps

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  54. really good one, we need more articles like this to understánd our books, and concepts, so that we can expalin all further to our kids, to help them to understand Hinduism.

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  55. Meenakshi shankarMarch 9, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    wonderful article sir..i have always found good things nicely written in this blog..thanks a ton for the guidance.

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  56. Very well said !!! an excellent synopsis which makes a lot of sense. Please keep writing such blogs :)

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  57. In Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna when faced with the realities of life wanted to take refuge in meditation and spirituality. ---- If I may suggest you to re-consider this inference.. Arjuna first, tried to find every alternative in his mind to avoid the War altogether. He says, when he prays to his Sakha and Saarthi to take the Chariot in middle of both warring armies so he can see the situation from an equidistant place. Something we do in ouir mind, when we try to think about complex situations with lots of fall-outs and consequences and pre-conditions. Life in itself is one such Big Puzzle with no fixed One single best move ..

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  58. The world that is seen and unseen, that we know, as we know it, now, and that, that we do not have any idea about is but only that which is not. And as far as about wealth is concerned, the moment we accept this life with all its pleasures and challenges, its real. So its really the perception - neither can convince the other. But to rise above - one has to believe, and the supreme truth and bliss, is that, which once experienced, cannot be put into words for others. They have to rush today and grab their copy.

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  59. what about varna-ashrama dharma that Bagvad gita talks about ? How can a brahmin become a business man ? How can he ever become wealthy without resorting to the means of business ?

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  60. Thank you, nice article!

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  61. Hindu Blog seems more of an Anti-Hindu.. Heading to the Himalayas to find spiritual bliss and 'sanyaasi' mentality are phenomena which have occured during the late medieval-early modern period! It is a grave misconception that people with small intelligence have! I didnt quite bother poring into the complete blog as the first 3-4 lines turned me off! Sorry for that!
    The problem with the so called 'radical' minds today is ignorance of the essence of the quintessential Hindu / Vedic scriptures which in reality teach a very practical way of dealing with things!
    I suggest the writer to refrain from making rude remarks like that made in the beginning!

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  62. How can someone just read an article and change? Or for that matter how can just reading Bhagvat Gita change a person. If it was so easy, everyone would be enlightened on this planet. There should be a more defined path to reach this state. Reading alone, thinking alone, praying alone doesn't help. Something is missing for sure. And I really doubt if any human in todays world has actually found it.. or they just pretend to have found it.

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  63. THE TRUE MESSAGE OF GITA IS "THERE IS NO OBJECTION IN AMASSING WEALTH IN RIGHTEOUS WAY; BUT THERE SHOULD BE STRICT RESTRICTION AND LIMIT IN ENJOYING THE WEALTH. THOSE WHO INDULGES IN LUXURY FORGETTING THE POOR AND SPENDING MONEY LAVISHLY FOR POOJAS AND PILGRIMAGES WITHOUT OBSERVING ANY VRAT THINKING THIS WILL BRING MORE WEALTH IS LIVING IN FOOLS PARADISE. YOU CANNOT CURE DIABETES BY TAKING MEDICINES ALONE- LIMITING CONSUMPTION OF SUGAR IS A MUST.

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  64. Good words, I reached a peacefull mind..thank you

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  65. thanks brother..very inspirational....

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