Spiritual Gambling

By Dr. K S Radhakrishnan on 12-07-2011

The Big World of  Maya (XXVI)
No society is an exception to the general rule shared by other
societies world over. In religion, people believe in a God who can do miracles
to make the devotees rich. God has not been conceived as a solace, even if one
fails to get anything from the society. Here, God should be an active
participant and He has been reduced to one of the ingredients of the pleasures
to be attained from the world. Such a God has got the responsibility to satisfy
the greed rather than the need.

On the basis of the faith in God, who
satisfies the greed, humans all over the world believe in gambling. Everyone
expects an SMS from a known or an unknown quarter offering millions of dollars
as price money for the work he/she has not done. Again, humans have cultivated
a habit of believing in slogans which say that ‘you will get your invested
money doubled within a short span of time’. That is, everyone wants to believe
that somebody remains in mystery just to make them rich by hard work. Instead
of earning something through hard work, the present day slogans make us believe
that we will get everything without earning anything and the only thing we have
to do is invest our money either with a firm or a person whose credibility is
not known.

            Naturally, the world has become a
fertile land of cheating. People are ready to get in it because they are greedy
and they believe in the aphorism that greed is not bad. But here, they forget
the simple fact that there is a ‘one to one’ correlation between hard work and
earning. The moment we forget about hard work and think only of earning, we are
in the world of maya because it conceals the fact that one
can earn only through hard work and it projects that earning is possible
without hard work. Hence, the market economy propagates a world of maya filled with cheating despair and
resultant disappointments. 

About The Author

Dr. K S Radhakrishnan

Dr. K S Radhakrishnan (formerly Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sankaracharya University and Chairman, Kerala Public Service Commission) is a learned scholar who has been earnestly trying to revive the ancient knowledge in Indian culture. He worked as a lecturer early in his life and now lives an eloquent advocate of social and cultural causes.