Our total wealth is our treasure. Here, wealth does not represent only material wealth, but also other forms of wealth such as knowledge, children, strength, achievements, awards as denoted by the eight forms of Goddess Lakshmi. Each form of wealth can be further classified and subclassified.
- Will your total wealth be enough for just one generation?
- Will your total wealth last for your seven generations to come?
- Will your total wealth sustain forever ‘amar’?
- Worry (chinta): One is constantly thinking and worrying about wealth; how to keep your money safe
- Dwarf: Here, dwarf means “hold back normal growth”. One is handicapped because of the money e.g. not using it for fear of being caught or using it for negative purposes.
- Miser (kanjoos): One who spends his wealth reluctantly and hoards wealth akin to the ‘food hoarding behavior of a rat’.
- Extremely miser (mahakanjoos): One who fears losing his wealth and therefore neither enjoys his wealth himself nor allows anybody to use his wealth.
- Is your wealth growing sustainably and profitably?
- Is it allowing me to grow and in turn everybody to grow?
Taken together, all these nine aspects of wealth or the pursuit of wealth constitute the nine nidhis, or nine ways by which total wealth can be viewed as.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are entirely my own.