Wealth and Poverty Essay

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Wealth and Poverty

Hindus have had to live with poverty throughout their history so they have learnt to cope with it and have well defined attitudes towards it. Unlike most Christians, Hindus know what poverty is like on a day-to-day basis.

Beliefs

According to artha, Hindus can earn what is needed to feed and clothe and educate their family but greed is very dangerous. It clouds the mind, poisons it and prevents us from seeing and experiencing Brahman. It anchors us here on earth forever to be reborn.

We should not desire more than we need. We should love and share with all others. The collective happiness of all humans is our concern. Aid should be given to the poor freely and
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These quotations clearly show that Hindus must NOT be attached to wealth, as this will ensure that they are reborn. Greed produces bad karma. Hindus must seek Brahman, not wealth.

Greed = bad karma = rebirth

Hindu Economics

The issue of wealth and poverty affects both individual people and the nations. Poverty occurs because wealth is distributed unequally. In the world today, only a few people enjoy wealth whilst the others are suffering from other necessities and comforts of life. In the Hindu view of life, God provides all the natural rewards and gifts which all humans, animals and plants have an equal right to enjoy. The rule should be 'live and let live'. However, in the real world, wealth and recourses are in the hands of a few people who try to misuse the others for their own benefit.

Hindu scriptures have said that people can keep for themselves what they need. To take more than a person needs and be selfish about it, is a sin. One should not be greedy because greed leads to evils. It is said in the Yajur Veda that everything in the universe belongs to God, that a person should enjoy what is given to him and should not wish for the wealth which is gifted to others. You should not consider yourself as the owner

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