How Can I Be Rich?
"In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of." Confucius
This hub was made from a request on my hub: Lakshmi, Goddess of Money.
How can I be rich?
We'll talk about wealth and how to attain wealth.
The real question should be, "How do I get rich with minimum casualties.
How can we be successful and remain humane and honest.
I was in the bicycle business, owning my own store for 16 years.
Stay tuned for the end of this hub.
I will explain how to make 1 million dollars in the bicycle business.
But first, how should people conduct themselves in this quest?
Be true to truth.
Be true to yourself.
Be true to your family.
Be true to your friends.
Be true to the benevolent God.
All that matters should be drawn to you.
Precious metals and money are not wealth.
Positions in the societies in this world are not wealth.
This world is rife with fraudulent perceptions of success.
If we are counting money, we can't see the flowers and birds.
We defraud ourselves with thoughts of how we can cure problems.
Yet - we see destitution. We see famine. We see children dying. We see war.
We assume that if we hold the keys to alleviate problems that there will be less suffering.
If there is a benevolent God, in control, we should not have to assume God's role.
Has God installed the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Bushes to ease world suffering?
Unfortunately, I am to assume that our world at present, is in Evil's grip.
In the winter of my life, I see no change in "wealth", position, or condition.
Our wealth is good healthy food, soft winds with beautiful fragrances, and the beauty of flowers. We are rich to see birds, animals, and other animations of life that amuse us like friends and warm strangers.
I have no idea how to become wealthy as "society" defines wealth.
I see the wealthy and the powers they wield and the destruction and suffering they cause.
I suggest you avoid wealth if at all possible.
As a great Man once said, "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven."
That can be easy for anyone to say when the wolf is not scratching on the door. And the wolf is howling and scratching at most doors while the rich have fences and gates.
It's so easy for me to say so many things that will seem to be just another star in the heavens to dream on while the world seeps further into a confusing ice-age of confrontation, noise, degradation, and suffering.
I have no answers. I can only repeat words I'm told that are wiser than any I can conjure. "Love your brothers and sisters as yourselves." Do unto other people, as you would like for them to do unto you." "Try to love your enemies."
Pray as your God has told you:
"Our Father Who is in heaven, Hallowed is Your name. Your will be done, On our planet Earth, regardless of predictions of world destruction, may Your will be done. Regardless of predictions from world leaders, scientists, the religious, the experts. May Your will be done on Your Earth as it is in Your heaven. May Your kingdom come on our planet Earth as it is in Your heaven. Please give us healthy water, food, and air to live better for You. Please forgive me/us of my/our sins, debts, trespasses. Please help me forgive those who owe me, who are indebted to me, and have sinned against me. Please remove the temptations and footfalls that keep us from being the best for you that we can be. Because this is all Your kingdom. It must be Your will. I hope this is forever. I praise the benevolent God."
With our feet on this path, I think we will be rich.
is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best
"It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness." Thomas Jefferson
"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver." Mohandas Gandhi
does not possess wealth; it possesses him." Benjamin Franklin
"Ability is a poor man's wealth." John Wooden
"He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature." Socrates
a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he
employs it." Socrates
"The first wealth is health." Ralph Waldo Emerson
greatest wealth is to live content with little." Plato
"When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost." Billy Graham
"Wealth is the ability to fully experience life." Henry David Thoreau
People pray to gods for the assets, property, power, ornaments.
Ploutos, according to wikipedia:
PLOUTOS (or Plutus) was the god of wealth. In agrarian Greece he was at first associated purely with bounty of rich harvests. Later he came to represent wealth in more general terms.
Ploutos was a son of Demeter, the goddess of agriculture, who bore him after lying with the hero Iasion in a thrice-ploughed field. He was blinded by Zeus so he would distribute wealth indiscrimately and without favour towards the good or the virtuous.
The god was usually depicted as a boy holding a cornucopia filled with grain in the company of his mother Demeter. In sculpture he was often shown as an infant in the arms of either Eirene, the goddess of peace, or Tykhe the goddess of fortune.
Ploutos was identified with Plouton, the god Haides in his role as the deity of the earth's hidden stores of wealth who was also depicted with a cornucopia in this guise.
Many people pray to Lakshmi, Goddess of Money.
Lakshmi, according to wikipedia:
Lakshmi, is the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), light, wisdom, fortune, fertility, generosity and courage; and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm. Representations of Lakshmi are also found in Jain monuments. Mahalakshmi is said to bring good luck. She is believed to protect her devotees from all kinds of misery and money-related sorrows.
Lakshmi in Sanskrit is derived from its elemental form lakS, meaning "to perceive or observe". This is synonymous with lakṣya, meaning "aim" or "objective". The Hindu Sacred Texts Vedas call Mahalakshmi as Lakshyayidhi Lakshmihi which means she is the one who has the object and aim of uplifting mankind.
You might pray to the "Capitalistic System" or Wall Street. Many do.
This method requires more cunning than labor.
It still will be easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle than for anyone to master this scheme.
It will be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for you to make it to the top tier.
I think you should read some more of my hubs instead:
How do you make 1 million dollars in the bicycle business?:
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