Homage to the Blessed One, the Worthy One, the Highest Self—Enlightened One!
Neluwakande Gnanananda Himi
Published: 2017-12-19 — Updated: 2018-08-03
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For one who listens to (learns) the Dhamma and live by it, two—fold worldly and non—worldly benefits can be expected. Every being that lives, expects to be happy. They gain happiness by pleasing their five senses. Even though all beings expect to be happy, not all can be happy. Where there is no happiness, there is suffering (dukkha).
People do many things to gain the happiness that they expect. Some use alcohol. Others oppose those who are happy. Some engage in crime. Others do anti—social activities such as drug trafficking, selling, etc. They expect to gain happiness by doing such things. They are satisfied (for a short while) from the impermanent happiness they gain from these. Then they are unhappy again. Then they try another path.
Additionally some put their faith in unseen powers like divine beings, and engage in offerings and prayers (to divine beings) to gain happiness. According to Buddhist teachings, one cannot gain happiness by wishing and hoping alone. The path has been shown to being energetic and not being lazy, earning wealth while working righteously in line with the Dhamma1 and not contradicting the Dhamma.
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In today’s world, people toil to earn wealth for a happy life. In the Lord Buddha’s path, there are no barriers to earning how ever much wealth. There are some billionares who have no peace of mind. Because of this, there are instances where they committed suicide.
This shows that happiness lies in the mind and not in material wealth. It is for this reason of giving rise to this happiness that the Dhamma shows that wealth should be earned through righteous means, in line with the Dhamma.
One does not become economically strong by earning wealth alone. The Dhamma shows that in spending one’s earned wealth, one portion should be used to cover one’s costs, two portions should be used for one’s work / business needs and one portion should be saved. This is a best economic practice recognised in the world. If one does not spend in line with what one earns, one falls into debt. Debt causes suffering and is a stress for the mind.
There are individuals as well as countries in the world that have become strong economically by following this method. It is only through careful control of earned wealth, that all organizations starting from the family unit all the way up to the government, can expect to prosper.
The head of an organization should be a wise person. They should not a waster given to mass use (of resources). They should be wise enough to be aware of the resources within the organization and make proper use of them, while finding new ways to gain new wealth.
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Countries regarded as advanced in the world have come into that position by following some (if not all) of these principles shown in the Dhamma.
Buddha—Dhamma — Lord Buddha’s teachings on reality.