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God made the country, and the man made the town. Dads which god created were poor, but dads which men create, are rich

Dr. Jernal S. Anand

God made the country, and the man made the town. Dads which god created were poor, but dads which men create, are rich. Poverty was once considered a blessing. The story goes that when somebody went to Dharamraja and asked for poverty, Dharamraja said, ‘We do not have poverty. It was taken away from us by the Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak’.  What poverty teaches us is humility, fear of destiny, love for the fellow beings, and working together in society like a family. It teach us virtues of truthful living and honest work.

But the society that we are now passing through has an altered ecology.  It does not believe in poverty. There is no surprise in it. Money has its lure since times immemorial. Ask a child before its birth, it will say: let me be born in a rich family. When the child is born, and it grows up a bit, ask it again and again it will say, “I want rich parents”. Even when one grows up, and when one starts growing down, the most important wish of a person is: money, wealth, prosperity, property, cars, and bank balance. Nobody likes to live on bare minimums. It is poverty. And poverty is one thing which is superimposed on people by gods. Still, they try their utmost to throw it off, and earn millions so that they could live in peace.

Lure for Wealth

This lure for wealth makes people apply short cuts in life, and they turn criminals. Any wish to lead a fast life is criminal in intent. Gods have given each of us a life, and a style, and if we violate its pace, and do not let things happen in their own grace, we are doing violence to nature’s settings, and if we strike it a bit hard, it reacts violently.

The concept of the rich dad and the poor dad is a contemporary one. It preaches the dictum of ‘no holds barred’ to turn rich. The rich dad is prosperous in mental mechanisms, and can make smart money. This is the rich dad. But, on the other hand, the poor dad lets go whatever he has, and does not make deliberate efforts to multiply his wealth. The poor dad lacks in mental and physical resources. Wealth is a mind game, and if you can manage your resources, you can make them yield more honey. But, if you cannot manage, then the very resources remain lying unused and rusting in your coffers.

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Ethics and the Smart Philosophy

Ethically speaking, this smart philosophy does not stand the test of morality. Smart ways to turn rich are aimed at gaining wealth at the cost of others. It is like an organized robbery in which the robbed think they have been benefitted, while the smart man reaps his profits and shifts to another business, even changing his address. Physical wealth, physical comforts, physical possessions, and physical joy – all these physicalities are amply available to men who believe in smart money. What is worst in this scenario is a father [can you imagine a father doing such a job?] imparting such insidious intelligence to his sons and daughters. Let’s   turn the leaves of scriptures, when did a father tell his son to steal money and become rich? Can we teach these arts to our daughters to ‘any how’ grow rich? A smart dad, and a dad rich in mental resources, will only ensure that his offspring starts making money irrespective of the considerations of good and bad. If you are making money, it justifies everything. I don’t think a poor dad can teach such treachery to his sons and daughters. We are oiling the roots of our generations with greed, and unscrupulousness.

We cannot promote a cultureless culture. We cannot promote a world in which there is no morality, no Gita, and no Ramayana. We are better with our ‘poor dad’. Let ‘rich dad’ go to hell. 

If India’s culture and tradition have some grandeur in it, it is because of the ethical perspectives we have always stood for. What is Mahabharata? What is Ramayana? The Vedas? The Guru Granth Sahib? Which books teach us to make easy money? A rich dad is a myth which this society has created which neither history did, nor future doth, buy. . There are only a few mindless people, driven by ambition, who think, money and Mammon are everything. Generally speaking, no one will buy this philosophy. Ask any girl. She will prefer a poor father who loves his offspring, and his ‘dharma’. For she knows, an advanced friend of hers, whose father taught her the secret of ‘rich dad’ and she ended up in a brothel.

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Who wants you not to grow rich? Not gods

What is most important for every dad and every offspring to understand is that gods do not put a cap on your growing rich. Do whatever you can. Invent new things. Invest in new schemes. But, you must not forget that even a penny of wealth which is ill-earned will inject poison in your mind and infect your blood stream. ‘Haram’ unethical it is. Why is it unethical? Let me now state in clear terms. Gods don’t mind if you are growing rich, but they DO mind it if you are making others poor. Every increased profit that you are making must be ethically earned. You cannot say, you have to double your profits in 6 months. You have to start a new start-up project and show wealth formation. These are smart moves of this smart world, which have no future. They are like fire crackers. When they go up, people clap and shout, but nobody knows what happens to them when they fall. They don’t even know what happens to their ashes.

We cannot promote a cultureless culture. We cannot promote a world in which there is no morality, no Gita, and no Ramayana. We are better with our ‘poor dad’. Let ‘rich dad’ go to hell.



Jernail Singh Anand- Sindh Courier-1Dr. Jernail Singh Anand, President of the International Academy of Ethics, is author of 161 books in English poetry, fiction, non-fiction, philosophy and spirituality. He was awarded Charter of Morava, the great Award by Serbian Writers Association, Belgrade and his name was engraved on the Poets’ Rock in Serbia. The Academy of Arts and philosophical Sciences of Bari [Italy] honored him with the award of an Honorable Academic.  Recently, he was awarded Doctor of Philosophy [Honoris Causa] by the University of Engg and Management, Jaipur. Recently, he organized an International Conference on Contemporary Ethics at Chandigarh. His most phenomenal book is Lustus: The Prince of Darkness [first epic of the Mahkaal Trilogy]. Email: anandjs55@yahoo.com

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