to Accumulate Wealth
How to Accumulate Wealth
is based on the Vyagghpajja Sutta, also known as the Dighajanu Sutta. It describes the conditions that improve the welfare of lay
In this sutta, the
Buddha was approached by a lay person called Dighajanu who asked for his
advice. Dighajanu said that
as an ordinary person with a wife and children, he and his family enjoy
worldly pleasures such as fine clothing, fragrant scents, and expensive
gold and silver jewellery. He
asked the Buddha to teach him how he could ensure his continued prosperity
and happiness in this life, and in his future lives too.
The Buddha then proceeded to give this discourse to Dighajanu and in doing so, used the simile of a great water tank collecting rainfall. He showed how wealth, both material and spiritual, can be similarly accumulated by anyone with the right qualities.
Material Wealth and Progress
Four qualities that
create material wealth and progress
Four factors leading to the gain of material wealth and progress
Imagine a great water
tank with four inlets and four outlets.
The four inlets are the four factors leading to gain, and the four outlets are the four factors leading to loss.
If the inlets are kept open and the outlets kept closed, the water supply will not decrease, even if there is no rain.
For the same great water
tank, if the inlets are kept open and the outlets kept closed, if there is
rain the water supply will surely increase.
Therefore, always avoid the four factors of loss, and always abide by the four factors of gain.