Sunday, November 3, 2013

Happy Diwali..

Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth. She is the most popular goddess in India. Her image can be seen in Buddhist, Jain and Hindu shrines. Her image can be seen in cash counters and business establishments across India. She is seen seated on a lotus, holding lotus flowers and a pot of grain, with gold coins emerging from her palm.
A study of this goddess enables us to understand how ancient Indians thought about wealth and economics. There are many who keep telling me: ‘actually’ Lakshmi is not just about money, she is also about ….. This stems from the Indian discomfort with money that can be (allegedly) traced to Gandhian philosophy and to monastic orders of India.
We read comic books where saints fall ill when they touch money. We are told that men and women who shun money are sages, holier than the rest, and closer to God. This is extremely peculiar, considering that Lakshmi is a goddess, the beloved of Vishnu, the preserver of the world. Vishnu is popularly worshipped as Shri-nath and Tiru-pati which means lord of affluence and abundance.
Wisdom is all about appreciating wealth in its context, not denying wealth. As Indians, we have lost the wisdom of appreciating wealth. In the Puranas, it is said Vishnu always attracts wealth. That is why his abode, Vaikuntha, is the land of happiness; it’s a playground or ranga-bhoomi.
Contrast this with Swarga, the paradise of Indra, king of the devas, who is constantly fighting asuras. His abode of rana-bhoomi or battleground as he chases Lakshmi and tries to prevent the asuras from taking her away.
Let us not look at this as a silly children’s story, or a dangerous religious concept. Let us look at this as an idea – happiness comes when Lakshmi walks our way not when we seek to grab her. So now the question, is India today Swarga or Vaikuntha?
We will quickly say, certainly not Swarga. But that is not true. We have many rich people and rich companies in the land. Phenomenally successful. But they are all under siege constantly battling workers, courts, regulators, struggling to get land from villagers and licenses from the government. They are in the battlefield, like Indra.
We don’t attract investments, so we are not Vaikuntha. But we are constantly fighting starvation despite bumper harvests; we are Swarga. That is why Indra is not worshipped, Vishnu is. That is why India is not celebrated. Investors seek Vaikuntha where they feel their wealth will be protected and their wealth will grow. They seek Vishnu.
The fundamental difference between Indra and Vishnu is that Indra only thinks of himself and his shareholders. They all feel entitled, like shareholders. Vishnu thinks of everyone – employees, customers, shareholders, vendors, society at large, in other words stakeholders.
A very large multinational firm recently informed me that they now think ‘smart’ because they want to think holistically, taking into consideration society at large in their strategic decisions, but it is tough as the shareholders want their profit. Here we see the great struggle of Indra trying to be Vishnu.
We want Vaikuntha, but we can’t let go of Swarga.
Published in Corporate Dossier, ET, by Devdutt Pattanaik.September 13, 2013
Deepawali is the darkest night of the year, the night of kartik amavasya. It is the night when dark forces are at their peak. However, the darkest hour also holds within it the promise of a new dawn. The night of Deepawali is also when it is easiest to access the power of light. The essence of the festival of lights lies in the shloka,
Tamso maa jyotir gamaya’ –
Take me from darkness to light – the light of internal jnana, or knowledge, the glow of which attracts Devi Lakshmi home. It is a night not to ask for more and more wealth, but to request the goddess to give you wealth but also detach you from it because all that is physical is nashvar or temporary…it will go and when it does, it will give you immense pain.
Interestingly, Goddess Lakshmi cannot stay at one place for long. If one traces the life of Sita, this fact would be evident. She emerged from the earth, spent her childhood at Raja Janaka’s, to be married off in Ayodhya, to be exiled to the forest, to be abducted to Lanka and then be rescued and returned to Ayodhya only to leave for Rishi Valmiki’s ashram and finally merge back into the earth. Neither Janaka, nor Rama, Ravana or even Luv and Kush, could keep her for long…such is the swaroop and shakti of Lakshmi.
It is foolish to even think that you can hold on to her and the wealth and physical riches that she brings with her...all of it is bound to leave. So, instead of waiting for Lakshmi to come to your house and shower wealth and physical pleasures upon you, try for something different this Deepawali. Ask, but also give.
Have fun, but also be prepared by asking for detachment from the physical.
-speakingtree.in

68 comments:

Amit Kumar said...

Happy Deepawali to all.

Have Saraswati by your side and Lakshmi will always bestow her blessings

DNSHUKLA said...

Wish you and all the blogmates a very Happy and Prosperous Deepawali.

amber said...

Sir ILango ji charan vandan and Happy Diwali to you and everyone

r m said...

Dear Ilango

Wishing you a Very Happy Diwali!

regards.
rm

venkatapathy l said...

Namaste Ilango Sir.

I wish you and all the members of your family a very happy Deepawali.

Love and regards,

LV

DMG said...

DEAR MASTER
HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS DIWALI

Crorepathi said...

Great insight Sir, Thank you
Happy Diwali to all.

Harsh Mehta said...

Happy Deepawali Master... Thanks for enlightening our lives through your guidance.

vksoni said...

Happy Dipawali to ilango sir and blogmates.

Hemant Harke said...

Happy Dipawali to ilango sir and all

San said...

Happy Diwali to Ilango Sir and JN Friends

rochak parekh said...

wishing you all and your family members a very happy dipawali and a prosperous year ahead

OM SAI RAM

Sahilraj said...

Happy Diwali to Guruji and all friends.

bhanumaiah said...

Dear Sir,

Wishing you a very Happy Deepavali 2013.

ram said...

WISH U VERY HAPPY DIWALI TO ELANGOJI, SAN,SRIRAM AND JN FAMILY

gauresh59 said...

Namaste Ilango Sir and Friends,

I wish you and all the members of your family a very happy Deepawali.

Love and regards,

-gauresh

rrajesh agarwal said...

wishing u all AVERY VERY HAPPY DIWALI &PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR

SANPOT said...

Thank you Ilango SIr for enlightening. Wish you and Blogmates a very Happy Diwali.

HARISH TAHKKAR said...

Happy Diwali to Ilango Sir,and all.
May God bless all with internal & external richness.

varun kumar said...

Good morning ilango sir,
Charan Sparsh and a very happy diwali to you and your family and to all my seniors and blogmates.
Regards,

Sanjay Jaiswal said...

A Very Happy and Prosperous Deepawali to Ilango Sir and all Blogmates...

Thanks & Regards

Sanjay Jaiswal

nissan deka said...

Happy deepawali to SIR and All

Anil Paliwal said...

A very happy and prosperous Deepawali to Sir Ilangojee and all blogmates.

pkj said...

A happy and prosperous Deepawali to Ilango Sir and all blogmates.

VK said...

Happy and prosperous Deepawali Ilango Sir:

Regards

Vinod

Atharva said...

A very Prosperous & Happy Deepawali to Master and all

Swagat Patnaik said...

Happy Diwali to Ilango Sir and all blogmates.

NEVER GIVE UP said...

Wish you & your family a very Happy Diwali Sir.

Charan Sparsh.

NEVER GIVE UP said...

Happy Diwali to all friends too.

Thanks.

akki_tank007 said...

Wish you Sir and JN folks a Very Happy and Prosperous Diwali

DZIRE said...

Namaste Ilango Sir & all members.

Wishing a Happy and Prosperous Diwali to everyone.

God Bless.

Teachme said...

A very Prosperous & Happy Deepawali to Master and all

sudharsan said...

A very Prosperous & Happy Deepawali to all

dinesh said...

Dear Ilango sir and friends,
wishing you and your families a very happy and prosperous deepawali

Akshay said...

Happy Diwali & Prosperous New Year
To ALL...!!
Long Live JNSAR

venkateshspices said...

Good Evening sir & friends wishing you a very ha[[y & prosperous Deepawali

chetas said...

Dear Ilango sir and friends,

Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous diwali

shriram said...

Dear Master & JN Family,

Wish u a Sparkling Deepavali !

Pattern Trading said...

Dear master and blogmates ,

Happy diwali

Prithvi Raulji said...

Wish u happy Diwali and happy new year to my JNsar family

sometimesbullsometimesbear said...

Jai Mahalakshmi Jai Mahasaraswati Jai Mahakali...

Happy New year and Happy Deepavali and Happy Muhurat to all....

Prakash said...

happy diwali master and all frnds

numchar said...

Wish you all a very happy diwali and prosperous year ahead !!!

Pt said...

Dear Master and Blog Mates and All:

Knowledge is wealth. Wishing you all a very colorful Deepavali and a most profitable year ahead.

Sourav Kundu said...

Happy Diwali to all. May our discipline shower us with wealth and prosperity.

adishivam said...

Respected Ilango Sir and Seniors,

Wish you all a very happy DEEPAVALI.

ALBELA HOUSE said...

R/Ilango Sir, Namaste n Namaskar 2 all reader's.
SHUBH - DEEPAWALI

vignesh said...

Happy Diwali Ilango sir..

Vipul Rastogi said...

Dear Ilango Sir

May the beauty
Of Deepavali season
Fill your home with
Happiness,
And may the coming year
Provide you with all
That bring you joy!

Happy Deepavali!!!!

ting tang said...

Happy Diwali to all here.

herry said...

wish you happy dowali sirji....

rajiv malik said...

Deepak Mohoni's diwali picks-
The best to buy for long-term investment would be after after a market correction, but if you want to buy at today's prices during the Muhurat session, the safest stocks are : Bajaj Auto, BPCL, HCL Tech, HDFC, HDFC Bank, ITC, Kotak Bank, Lupin, Mahindra Financial Service, Sun Pharma and United Spirits.

raghava said...

A Very Happy and Prosperous Deepawali to Ilango Master and all Blogmates.

Aditya Jain said...

happy diwali to sir and all the blogmates god bless you all.

Prasad said...

A Very Happy and Prosperous Deepawali to Sir Ilango and all blogmates.

ajay choudhary said...

Happy Diwali to You All & Your Family.

mayank said...

Wishing Sir and everyone a very happy Diwali and a proesperous year ahead !!!!!

Nikunj Dharsandiya said...

Respected Illango Sir and blogmats,
Wishing you and your family very happy diwali and prosperous new year !!!

Krunal Gajjar. said...

Dear ILango Sir,

Shriramsir, Sanjaysir, Fire, San, DRsir, Sathishji, Sujathamam, Juliussir, Gaureshbhai...

and All Blogmates...

On this Auspicious Festival of Lights, May the Glow of Joy, Prosperity & Happiness
Illuminate Your Life & Home.

A Very Happy Diwali & Prosperous New Year.

Krunal.

Nilesh Patil said...

Happy Deepawali to all.

Trader Junkie said...

Happy diwali to Master and to the JN family

Suraj said...

Happy Diwali to Ilango Sir, Shriram ji and All Blogmates

Stockathon said...

Wish U All A Very Happy Diwali & A Prosperous New Year Ahead !!!

Amol Sharma said...

Happy Diwali and Happy New Year !!! ""Get rich slowly and quietly.""

dv pandit said...

Happy Diwali to Ilango Sir & Blogmates.

Regard.

STOCK4SURE said...

WISHING HAPPY DIWALI TO ILANGO SIR,ALL BLOGMATES AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS

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