to Accumulate Wealth
Four qualities that
ensure happiness and well-being in future lives
confidence and steeped in virtue,
To the person with
Material wealth and
It all comes down to
doing a job, and doing it well. There
are no magic formulae, prayers, rituals or talismans that bring wealth,
and the Buddha never said that faith in him will lead to any kind of
material rewards. Hard,
careful and intelligent work are the main qualities for success.
The other qualities
necessary for success are important supporting factors.
For example, taking proper care of, and preserving what one has
already acquired is essential in building up material wealth.
What has been so painstakingly accumulated should not be lost so
The other crucial factor
is our friendships. We are
reminded time again of this by the Buddha.
Being with the wrong, or immoral kinds of friends and associates
can lead to ruin as they may encourage excessive drinking, gambling,
promiscuity, dishonesty, and other vices.
There will be virtually no chance of accumulating any lasting or
significant wealth if we frequently and unmindfully socialize with the
wrong kind of people.
A less obvious danger
are the kind of friends in our materialistic society who create an
atmosphere of greed and pressure to acquire more and more wealth and
possessions. While this may
not necessarily be a bad thing if such wealth is used wisely, the danger
is that one may succumb to the endless pursuit of consumption and
materialism and thus neglect any kind of spiritual development whatsoever.
Even more dangerous is the pressure to keep up with extravagant
living when any means are used to maintain such a lifestyle, whether
unethical, illegal or even criminal.
The last supporting
factor is just plain common-sense, which is to live within one’s means. This is harder than it sounds in a society where conspicuous
consumerism is accepted and even frequently encouraged.
It also does not help when financial institutions routinely offer
numerous forms of easy debt to get people trapped in such spendthrift
lifestyles. We should always
try to remind ourselves that what really matters is not the brand of the
material objects we own, but the type of inner qualities that we possess.
excessive eating and drinking seem to be very much an accepted feature of
society today. Again, having
the right friends will help us to stay clear of these unwholesome
activities, and much self-discipline is also needed to avoid all these
Spiritual wealth and
However, even if one
succeeds in keeping the ‘inlets open’ and the ‘outlets closed’,
thereby successfully creating material wealth, one must not neglect
building up a store of spiritual wealth too.
Without spiritual growth and maturity, greed and endless craving
will eventually result in unhappiness and suffering.
A successful person
should overcome the temptation of creating more and more material wealth
simply for its own sake. One
should also look towards using one’s material wealth in wholesome ways
such as helping the needy and underprivileged, or even to assist in the
spread of the Dhamma. This is
a way of repaying, or showing gratitude to society as it can be said that
society had also contributed to one’s wealth.
One who does not
progress either materially or spiritually is like a person blind in both
eyes. One who progresses materially is like a person with one good
eye. And the one who
progresses both materially and spiritually is like a person with two good
truly wise will use their material wealth
- Piya Tan