Sunday, 23 June 2013

Earn your blessings

The British once ruled over India during the era of British Empire. They have done a great harm to our psychic attitude. Since their time, we run after free offers and gifts. We feel that this is the only way to make our life better. They did not teach us the basic fact that a livelihood is to be earned by hard work. Instead they gave us freebies and kept us dependents to their mercy. We undermined hard work and believed in the false notion that blessings are either a free gift from a foreigner or a thing grabbed through illegal means. We believed that all rich people have amassed wealth through treacherous acts.

Now, though bit late, we are learning the fact that wealth is earned and not received as a gift from a merciful man or mythical god.
Every blessing is to be earned. In another sense every true blessing that goes from generation to generation is earned. All money amassed through other means is not real blessings.

The lowest worker in our country is the daily worker who does tilling o the ground and other miscellaneous jobs. He is not a skilled laborer but knows how to do many untitled jobs in our farm land and around our house. His daily wage is fixed by the Government and Trade Unions. He comes for work by 8 A.M. and leaves by 5 P.M. we are bound to pay his wage by 5 P.M. as he leaves us. We cannot postpone the payment for the next day, for he may not come to us on the next day and there is no written contract between us. So we pay his daily wage. What are we actually doing by this act? He has been working form morning till evening. Even if he is not paid, all his works are done. He cannot take back what he has done.
By paying the daily wage, we are actually buying his physical work for that day.

Another example is purchasing things from a super market. We walk around the shop and pick whatever we like to buy and put them all in a basket. After picking up everything we need we go to the cash counter and make the payment. We have already picked up all products and have been carrying them in our basket. Still it becomes our own only when we pay the price of them. The fact that we have been carrying them in a basket for such a time does not permit an ownership over them. We become the owners only when we pay the price at the cash counter. To own them we have paid the price and bought them.

In both the above two examples, whether it is human work or products in a store, to own them we have to buy them by paying their price.
It teaches us that we can claim an ownership over something only after we have bought them or earned them by giving a price.
The principle is extended to all blessings in our life. Earn the blessings by paying an equivalent price unless, though we carry it, we are not their true owner.

Charity is not gift. Charity is lesser than gift.

We conclude from the above two examples that only those products for which we have paid a price permits our ownership over them.

So pay for the daily/weekly/monthly salary. Do not accept it as a charity.
Pay the price for your wealth; do not accept it as a charity (not even from your father).
Pay for every coin that is in your pocket; let it not be a charity.
Pay for success; it must not be a thing conferred on you by chance.
Pay even for all your spiritual blessings.

Be a proud owner of all that you possess and enjoy.

Further reading:
Sustainable Wealth

Professor Jacob Abraham

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