Visit Temple and Get Rich

“The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control their emotions by the application of reason.” 
- Marya Mannes, American author

A young man asked a rich old man how he made his money. The old guy fingered his expensive wool vest and said, “Well, son, it was 1932. The depth of the Great Depression. I was down to my last nickel. Marketing was the key to my success.”

“I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the entire day polishing the apple and, at the end of the day, I sold the apple for ten cents.”

“The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two apples. I spent the entire day polishing them and sold them at 5:00 pm for 20 cents. I continued this system for a month, by the end of which I’d accumulated a fortune of $9.80.”

“Then my wife’s father died and left us two-million dollars.

Getting rich is certainly not a joke. It is a matter of pure luck! But I know it is not how a “pep talk” is supposed to sound. Sure, there is a way to rationalize the whole thing. It seems that emotion — or better, managing emotions — plays a huge role in one’s success with money (for that matter, anything).

That’s what the ‘Rich Dad’ (in the bestseller, ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’), has to say. According to him, people work for money — instead of making money work for them, because they are driven by fear or desire. “Most people use fear and desire against themselves. That’s the start of ignorance. Most people live their lives chasing paychecks, pay raises and job security because of the emotions of desire and fear, not really questioning where those emotion-driven thoughts are leading them.”

I am yet to read the entire book (It was a bestseller with polarized reception), written by Robert Kiyosaki. But I have no second thought that acting out of emotions — without thinking — is not in one’s good interest. It is ignorance.

This message is even engraved in stones, literally. If you visit ancient Hindu temples, they are made of stones, and many temples have idols of three different forms of the divine mother, Sakthi*. They are: “Itcha sakthi” (energy for desire), Gnana Sakthi (energy for knowledge/wisdom), and Kriya Sakthi (energy for action). When you circumambulate (you do it clockwise) the temple, you worship Itcha Sakthi first, then Gnana and then Kriya.

They must have placed idols in that order with a purpose. This layout seems to have a message: ‘desire or its opposite, fear (itcha) may arise, giving rise to thoughts, but you don’t rush into action. Instead, use your mind (gnana) to choose, and do (kriya) only what is right.’

If you have financial goals for the new year, you may follow Rich Dad’s advice: “From here on in, it is most important for you to use those emotions to your advantage and for the long term, and not simply let your emotions run you by controlling your thinking.”

I suppose that it is a great point to think about as we start a new beginning. Here’s wishing you an illuminating and prosperous New Year 2016.

*Note: Sakthi means “energy” but here it refers to emotion. Just to relate it back to the book, Rich Dad wonderfully defines emotion. He says: “the word ‘emotion’ stands for energy in motion”.

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