Vasudhara * Buddha of financial wealth
Treasury * Goldhord
Capital * Keep
Connect (11) and Collect (2)
The Black Hole (video)
A gold Mohur from the reign of Mughal Emperor 1592-1666 Shah Jahan
"Now, another belief is that you need money to have whatever it is you desire.
Well, you know, that is a very grand belief. You believe that you can only be successful if you have money in the bank. What an extraordinary belief that is!
And you see, beloved peoples, when you put your power into the belief about money, you are denying your own creativity.
Because your power is that you may create whatever it is that you desire and you truly do not need this intermediary called "money.”
So if it is that you are desiring something to be brought forth into physical reality and you say, I can only have it when I have the money to buy it,” what you are doing is cutting down millions of possibilities ."
Stash * Cache * Case * Casket * Cachot
Store * Storage * Storehold * Restoration * Restaurant *
Heap * Hoard * Herd * Hold * Hutch
Keep * Catch * Clasp * Clutch
Bounty * Bank
Assets * Acquisition
Save * Conserve * Reserve * Preserve
Contain * Maintain * Sustain * Retain * Tenacity * Attention
Lakshmi Bull gold coins = circa 600 AD = regime of Shashanka
|Gospel of Matthew 6:24 |
King James Version
|"No man can serve two masters: |
for either he will hate the one, and love the other;
or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
|Gospel of Luke 16:13||"No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."|
|~~ Bertrand Russell||"It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly."|
Apple Computer 1955-2011 Steve Jobs
lemma = Mammon (n.)
|"personification of financial wealth ," mid-14c.,
[BPL adds: the fertile goddess "Moneta" (ma-mona, a title of Juno and accolade of the Moon) was divine patroness of the coin-stamping factories of Rome, and from her name comes the English word "money".]
|~~ Mark Twain's Notebook||"Some men worship rank, some worship heroes, some worship power, some worship God, and over these ideals they dispute and cannot unite -- but they all worship money.”|
Material wealth, acquisitions of lineage values,
accumulation of natural resources , sensual permission, beauty, face, hair
retained income, store-holds, silos, storage lockers, banks, gainfulness,
food, mouth, taste, speech, teeth
knowledge of languages and history, historical records, old stories and songs,
|Natural-born Acquisition Managers,
Collectors, experts on Historical Values * Financiers and Bankers |
These Zukra-ruled portions are also gifted in diplomacy, music, arts, and design
The final outcome of financial behaviors must include a full analysis of the bhava 2-5-8-11 along with all characteristics of Zukra. However these particular Zukra-ruled portions are generally inclined toward Luxury-Laxmi, pleasure and wealth.
Zukra-ruled Chandra lagna
Zukra-ruled Radical lagna:
Purva-phalguni * Yoni
Purvazadha * Apah
300 Combinations 1912-1998 Jyotishi B. V. Raman
commentary on Madhya Vayasi Dhana Yoga
"A perusal of astrological literature bearing up ''Wealth" reveals clearly that in order to become rich, one should have in his horoscope
Yoga for material Wealth:
According to 300 Important Combinations 1912-1998 Jyotishi B. V. Raman , goldhord wealth derives from two groups of planetary yoga:
Case Studies: Financial Wealth
Royalty and Celebrity
Bankers, Financiers and Industrialists
"When the planet occupying the Navamsha [lagna] is powerful, the acquisition of financial wealth will be without much effort.
Should it be weak, a little wealth will accrue.
The country where the native will acquire wealth will be signified
But, when this Sign is occupied or aspected by its lord,
So it shall be if the Navamsha occupied by the lord of the 10th house is an immovable sign. When the said sign is owned or aspected by planets other than its lord, the person concerned will earn in the place other than his own country. The livelihood is also determined from the nature of the planet who rules the Navamsha sign occupied by the lord of the 10th house."
When the said sign is owned or aspected by planets other than its lord,
the person concerned will earn in the place other than his own country.
The livelihood is also determined from
the nature of the planet who rules the Navamsha sign occupied by the lord of the 10th house."
Inheritances emerge from 5th-from-4th = bhagya-fortunes (5) from the parents (4)
Matters of 5th-from-4th (among other material-social outcomes of bhava-8) emerge during
outcomes follow a pattern of
"Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess ." ~~ Oscar Wilde
|Brihat Jataka||According to Brihat Jataka (Chapter 10), the planet in the 10th-house from lagna or Moon bestows means of livelihood, or sustenance.|
Career-Profession distinguished from Income-Profits
Professor Shani is the natural governor of bhava-10 and bhava-11. However bhava-11 is co-ruled by Rahu.
Bhava-10 and bhava-11 both produce social-material outcomes, but bhava-10 and bhava-11 have two different functions.
Career itself = a "running obstacle course" (car/cour means running, going as in cart or courier or correo-areo or golf-course or blood coursing through veins). Navamsha of ruler of radicakarmesha-10 th bhava as well as the ruler of the navamsha-10th are predictive elements which contribute toward a fuller profile of the career.
10 = 12th-from 11th
A widely recognized public profile for a socially important career often drains the economic gainfulness due to bhava-10 being 12th from 11th. The social importance and respect attributed to one's career is often disproportionate to economic income. The notoriety of career does not determine income. Indeed, a strong career that is comprehensively concerned with regulatory decision-making may well be a hindrance to individual economic activity as one becomes so involved in the duties of leadership that profitability is ignored.
To determine social-material gainfulness, assess conditions of bhava-11.
Look to relationship between the career profile (10) and the elements describing the 11th-bhava of economic gain, such as
11th angles determine participation in the economic systems, and the level of privilege enacted via this participation is what determines the social-material goal achievement including salary, rents, royalties, dividends, commissions, etc.
Having determined the scope of economic gainfulness, then proceed to examine bhava-2 savings, collections, bank-account, containment, the keep, the coop. The relationship between bhava-11 income and bhava-2 savings can reveal the relationship between what is earned and what is retained.
A high income is not necessarily a predictor of substantial treasury. If the income is spent and not saved, material value accumulation is not realized. In capitalistic economies, in order to produce treasure-collections, some considerable portion of the earnings (11) must be retained to be used as capital (2) for further investment.
"Continuing to fill a pail after it is full, the water will be wasted.
Continuing to grind an axe after it is sharp, will wear it away.
Excess of light blinds the eye.
Excess of sound deafens the ear.
Excess of condiments deadens the taste.
He who possesses moderation is lasting and enduring.
too much is always a curse, most of all in wealth."
Bhartrihari's Nitishatakam 71
"Like a tree laden with ripe fruits bends naturally,
so do gentle people display all the more humility when blessed with abundance."
Bhojacharitra , 60
"Generally it is the rich who have a strong desire for riches."
In Jyotisha, there are four main wealth bhava
2nd hoard and 2nd-from-2nd capital invested into commerce
9th wisdom of dharma * ability to recognize the ever-present wealth available to those who can see it
11th economic gains
Zukra = "Gathering", Pleasuring, Luxury
In Jyotisha, the karaka for a topic should be examined before evaluating the smaller details such as yoga, drishti, bhava-rulership, etc..
As the dhana-karaka representing accumulated wealth, Professor Zukra can be extremely influential in matters of learning, knowledge of history and languages, music, money and sensual luxury.
Zukra's condition can influence the overall pattern of capital accumulations, gambling wins, and marketplace incomes within the nativity.
Zukra vs. Guru
The only source of financial wealth that Zukra does not affect, because it is not held or stored, is the wealth which arises from wisdom-perception (Guru, 9). In fact, the dharma (reality) of abundance is always fully present, but the density of human filters often blocks perception of its existence. Doctrines that are variously labeled as humanistic, religious, theoretical or philosophical may provide teachings which illuminate the path toward understanding (Guru) the patterns which indicate the presence of unlimited resources. Zukra prefers a materialistic filter while Guru prefers a philosophical filter; thus the types of wealth revealed by the two filters are somewhat incommensurable and perhaps incompatible as well (see bhava-9, below).
Zukra = a magnet that attracts sensual pleasures and yokes the source of those pleasures into a contractual balance. The magnetically attractive powers of a strong Zukra can trump any number of anti-wealth yoga. The strongest positions of Zukra are generally the uttama-Zukra, nichha-bhanga Zukra, and the Zukra-specific Malavya Yoga.
And the converse is also true: a weak or compromised position of the daityaguru generally points to a low-functioning pleasure magnet that implies non-hoarding or even anti-hoarding behavior.
Empowered Zukra is a highly reliable indicator of energized acquisitiveness, which is much enhanced through the agency of partnership. For males Zukra additionally indicates the beauty of the wife or partner; for females Zukra is a better indicator of her own entitlement to validation for her beauty, her grace, her artistic sensibilities, and her ability to attract wealth.
Disempowered Zukra indicates an inability or an unwillingness to gather . When the gathering karaka is not energized, the native lacks an impetus to collect and store the excess material resources that make one financially "rich".
Treasury conditions are developed during Zukra Mahadasha.
during the 20-yr Zukra Mahadasha, each of the nine Bhukti periods are the maximum length, longer than any other bhukti of that graha within the Vimshottari dasha.
Zukra's bhava forms a wealth lagna from which the effect of other bhava upon wealth may be measured.
Domains which harm wealth:
Neutral to wealth:
1 = 12th ghosts-from-2nd hoard
Ironically perhaps the strongest agent for loss of"holdings " is the agent of"eating" which is the vital, moving, energy-burning physical body.
The mother-of-all-resources being of course FOOD, the dissolving agent is the annamayakosha or"food-eating-body" which consumes the stored assets.
If bhava-1 is stronger than bhava-2, the person can be an athlete, laborer, or other physical-based lifestyle who eats much more 'resource' than they are ever able to save.
2nd hoard house (Dhana bhava) profiles:
bhava-2 Zukra= the storage -house for all "Skandha " * "heaps " of Accumulation over the course of multiple cycles of incarnations. bhava-2 = one's hoard of values = "history ".
your family's wealth and status
your personal values as absorbed from extended family upbringing
your mouth, teeth, jaws, tongue
The food you eat (most basic form of financial wealth is certainly food)
your personal material assets
your moral and aesthetic values, taste in art and design
The extended family's full set of values including their wealth
2nd hoard house is banking, in the root sense of"holding in" (as in a river bank holding in the river, a money bank holding in the money, etc.)
connection between money and speech is well known. The longer a family has held wealth, the more refined its speech and aristocratic values become
Combinations of L-2 and Vriddhipathi-11
Total monetary wealth is a combination of:
The yoga between 11th gains = incoming wealth -and- 2nd hoard = wealth retained -- will show the native 's lifetime, overall financial situation. Should L-2 and Vriddhipathi-11 be juxtaposed in a shad-ashtaka 6-8 angle, less favorable financial results occur.
For example, if a person is blessed with a favorable financial yoga such as 2nd hoard lord in the 11th gains house, one will be born into financially comfortable family circumstances, and through the money skills and values learned in that family, one will continue to produce one's own wealth throughout their adult lives.
Parivartamsha yoga of L-2 in bhava-11 plus Vriddhipathi-11 in bhava-2; also+ L-2 yuti Vriddhipathi-11 in Kendra or trine
L-2 in bhava-11
POTUS-30 Price of Freedom 1872-1933 Calvin Coolidge
"Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped."
2nd hoard-from-2nd hoard - entrepreneurial L3 rising = self-made financial well-being . The pre-eminent house of self-made financial wealth is Sahaja-bhava-3 in radix.
Sahajabhava-3 = on the principle of bhavat bhavam = "2nd hoard-from-2nd hoard" compounded, self-developed wealth. the native takes stored wealth (2) and performs one further iteration with the capital, which is to develop it via commercial business. It is the narrative emerging from the native 's own mentality (3) which energizes the new manifestation of financial wealth from activities of busy-ness (business).
In order for bhava-3 to produce wealth, its basis = bhava-2 must be strong.
When bhava-3 is much stronger than bhava-2 but bhava-2 is not subject to prolonged and repeating lessons, then the predominant expression of financial treasury or knowledge wealth may come not directly from one's own family but rather via one's own personal commercial enterprise.
Sahajabhava-3 is typically strong in the nativities of entrepreneurs. Look for bhava-strengtheners such as bhava receives drishti from the rashi-pathi , drishti from or inhabitation by the lagnesha giving social identification, drishti from Rahu-exciter, drishti from Guru-expander, and other varieties of strength such as a vargottamsha graha residing within (which means that when this bhava containing a vargottamsha graha receives a transit, the same narrative is triggered in all of the related 16-varga. )
~~ BPHS Ch. 22, Shloka 10
Parivartamsha yoga of lagnesha-1 in bhava-3 + bhratrupathi-3 in bhava-1 = wealth through siblings:
"If Labha's lord is in Sahaja Bhava, as Sahaja's lord is in Labha Bhava,
BPHS Ch. 24, Shloka 25
"If Sahaja's lord is in Tanu Bhava,
~~ BPHS ch. 24, Shloka 34
"If Sahaja's lord is in Karma Bhava,
|~~ BPHS ch. 24, Shloka 39|
"If Bandhu's lord is in Sahaja Bhava,
~~ BPHS ch. 24, Shloka 38
bandesha-4 in dhana bhava = 11th gains -from-swakshetra
"If Bandhu's lord is in Dhana Bhava,
BPHS Chapter 16: Effects of Putra Bhava
"Dharma's Lord and Putra's Lord are capable of bestowing wealth.
Similarly Graha, yuti with Dharma's Lord and/or Putra's Lord are capable of bestowing wealth.
There is no doubt, that these Graha will give wealth during their Dasha periods."
5th lucky bhagya ( Putra Bhava ) profiles:
Financially privileged people at the elite levels are usually VERY creative, and they have a super-powerful putra-putriki bhava in addition to strong 2nd hoard or 11th gains houses . (See for example the philanthropist Wm. Gates Jr. )
bhava-5 Surya= Divine Light = intelligence = "genus " 4th roots-from-2nd hoard.
Poorva punya * "extra credit" accumulated from one's generous actions in parallel lives .
Purva-punya is usually represented by the fortunate 5th luck-rashi vidya-bhava, mantra-bhava, putra-bhava and 9th wisdom-rashi dharma-bhava, marga-bhava.
Dharma Bhava -9
The 9th wisdom harmonic = ultimate in Vedic thinking.
The"Bhagya " * fortunate * Dharma-bhava = the most auspicious house in the rashi chart. Dharma bhava = a"credit account"accumulated from good works in parallel lives.
The credit accrues from charitable works, doctrinal teaching, role-modeling of kindness, and otherwise assisting others to apprehend the presence of the Divine within oneself and in the reality of everyday life.
Helping others to know and retain the awareness of the ever-presence of Divine love is the supreme benefit. It is done by persons of high rank and low rank, rich and poor, man and woman, servants and kings, priests and peasants. Every act of kindness or truth-showing (wisdom does not speak but it does act) accumulates credit within dharmasthana.
There is no such thing as random"luck" - but some people have extraordinarily fortune , due to their extraordinarily meritorious works in parallel lives . They've earned it!
Extraordinary configurations in the 9th wisdom house may indicate material wealth, but more likely will show tremendous wisdom.
That wisdom may well include -- but is never limited to -- the skills for generating material wealth.
Brihaspati's Dharma bhava-9 = the strongest of all wealth houses = 11th gains-from-11th gains + 5th luck-from-5th luck .
Natives with power in bhava-9 are typically members of the priesthood of world guides who are not in public view. They have access to massive resources.
Autobiography of a Yogi 1893-1952 Swami Yogananda
"Success is not to be measured by how much material wealth is possessed,
but whether you are able to create at will what you need."
Dharma-bhava related wealth yoga
Parivartamsha yoga (Exchange of rashi) between lagnesha-1 in house 9 AND dharmesha-9 in bhava-1 AND Guru in bhava-7 [bhava-7= 11th gains-from bhava-9]
When [Guru = dharmesha-9 ] + [karmesha-10 uttama] + [dharmesha-9 yuti karmesha-10 in dharma bhava]:
[Guru-yuti-Budha + Chandra] in Dharma Bhava
Shanaicarya's Labha bhava-11 = the primary repository of earnings from the totality of the life force actions.
A major source of economic gain may be 11th-from Arudha Lagna .
Wealth from other domains (3, 4, 6, 8)
Bandhu bhava-4 = is not a primary financial-wealth bhava per se. However see bhava-2 above. Owned properties (Gk. propos = "my own, mine") constitute the basis of most wealth because bhava-2 = 11th gains from-2nd hoard. Bandhu bhava-4 "bondage, bonding" roots. Owned properties acquire value after they become commodities in the marketplace (11).
The fruits (11) of schooling are placed in the 11th gains-from-4th roots = dhana bhava. Therefore the core cultural education of 4 (not the higher philosophical education of 9) . Should the native not be born into a family of real property owners, there is another aspect of the 4th roots house available to constitute the foundation (4) of financial wealth , and that is education.
Ripu bhava-6 = 5th luck-from-2nd hoard (speculative development of existing capital) and 2nd hoard-from-5th luck (accumulation as result of intelligence) can be a wealth house. Wealth will be the result of financial transactions featuring the skillful use of debt, e.g., taking loans.
Ayurbhava-8 = "other people's hidden money" when combined with factors from 4-5-Surya-Chandra can produce a huge inheritance or alimony settlement.
An Accountable Woman
There was a man who had worked all of his life and had saved all of his money and was really tight when it came to his money.
He loved money more than just about anything, and just before he died, he said to his wife,"Now listen. When I die, I want you to take all my money and put it in the casket with me. I want to take my money to the afterlife with me."
And so he got his wife to promise him with all of her heart that when he died, she would put all of the money in the casket with him.
Well, he died. He was stretched out in the casket, his wife was sitting there in black, and her friend was sitting next to her. When they finished the ceremony, just before the undertakers got ready to close the casket, the wife said,"Wait a minute!"
She had a box with her, she came over with the box and put it in the casket. Then the undertakers locked the casket down, and they rolled it away.
So her friend said"Girl, I know you weren't fool enough to put all that money in there with your husband."
"I am a GOOD WOMAN, I can't go back on my word. I promised him that I was going put that money in that casket with him."
"You mean to tell me you put all that money in the casket with him?"
"I sure did," said the wife."I wrote him a check."
Parivartamsha yoga of the debt-making rogesha-6 + the gainful Vriddhipathi-11 causes some loss:
Immorally obtain or criminal wealth
Unfortunately, great temporal wealth can be created by wrong methods, such as stealing, lying, fraud, exploitation, and various criminal means.
They can look forward to future lifetimes enslaved to karmic repayment.
Marriage as a primary container of Capital
kalatra-karaka Zukra = also the primary dhanakaraka. A strong Zukra indicates wealth, diplomacy, and a profound understanding of the material value of marriage.
For example, during the very public marriage crisis faced by POTUS-pair-42 + USA Secy State 1947- Hillary Clinton due to her then-president husband's flagrant sexual misconduct, she nevertheless maintained the marriage and never resorted to divorce.
Zukra's dominance in her life at the time of the marriage crisis determined that she would conserve (Zukra) the financial, political and social capital (Zukra) of her marriage rather than react in litigious anger.
Indeed her decision to maintain trust (Zukra) during the catastrophe laid the financial, political, and social (and moral) foundation for an exceptionally influential career in public service, which followed the end of her personal crisis.
14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso
"Greed is a form of desire. However, it is an exaggerated form of desire, based on over-expectation.
The true antidote of greed is contentment.
For a practicing Buddhist, for a Dharma practitioner, many practices can act as a kind of counterforce to greed :
These views also help an individual to counteract greed.
But in terms of an immediate response to greed, one way is to reflect upon the excesses of greed, what it does to one as an individual, where it leads.
Greed leads one to a feeling of frustration, disappointment, a lot of confusion, and a lot of problems.
When it comes to dealing with greed, one thing which is quite characteristic is that
The interesting thing about greed is that although the underlying motive is to seek satisfaction, as I pointed out, even after obtaining the object of one's desire, one is still not satisfied.
On the other hand, if one has a strong sense of contentment, it doesn't matter whether one obtains the object or not; either way, one is still content."
Wealth from Genius, Speculative Finance, Intelligence, Games, Gambling, Entertainments, Amusements, and Adventures
Winnings from Lotteries, speculative investments,"venture capitalism" funding unproven new businesses, or gambling -- whether in casinos, on street curbs or in the stock market -- may occur in periods of the lord of bhava-5.
Sometimes too, speculative wealth may emerge during the period of a fortunate graha which resides in putra bhava; also less frequently but nevertheless possibly if the 5th-from-5th bhava-9 is strong, great luck during periods of dharmesha-9 .
bhava-5 and its lord = "luck".
When Guru = L-5, (Simha and Vrizchika lagna) speculative wins are easier to achieve due to the native 's positive beliefs and expectations about one's "chances " in gambling, including political elections and winning of prizes. If vidyapathi-5 Guru is well-placed, the native may be highly optimistic and consistently lucky in life.
Naturally, the most auspicious lord for the obtainment of financial wealth through creative speculation (gambling) is the money-karaka, Zukra .
Zukra being L-5, Mithuna lagna and Makara lagna may be exceptionally lucky in winning political campaigns (5) and being well paid for creative endeavors
as well as amazing gain of financial wealth through stock market activities
|Prizes and Awards for Achievement (11)|
Creativity, Inspiration, Genius and Good Luck (5)
|Although bhava-5 rules creative performance in theatre, arts, and political drama, Prizes and Awards given for performance actually emit from bhava-11 achievements. |
For example: Pulitzer Prize, Newbery Medal, Nobel Prize, Grammy, Academy Award for film (Oscar), Congressional Medal of Honor, et-cetera are achievement awards sometimes carrying a large financial gift yet granted in recognition of work already completed. These prizes are earned by those whose noble efforts in their field have gained social recognition.
See particularly Rahu in bhava-11 = one who earns a material and social profits income-pay, dividends, prizes, awards, trophies, and other emblems of recognition for success of efforts expended .
By contrast, the"bhaga" fortune emitting from bhava-5 is the result not of work accomplished (Shani, natural lord of 11). Rather it is a result of charisma, confidence, or genius (Surya, natural lord of 5).
Typical of Surya, no work is necessary to produce the lucky effects of acting on inspiration. However the ability to open a strong personal channel for Divine Light is essential.
The celebrated creative high intellects of every age of have radiated a bright, sparkling aura of certainty in the rightness of their being. Neither social oppression nor self-doubt afflict their pursuit of independent thought.
Their 'work' while often enormously time-consuming is rarely laborious and usually delightful. fortune experienced by these genius figures is generally the result of being in the right place, at the right time, with high confidence and high entitlements.
According to the empowerment of bhava-5 and its lord, sometimes the allocated stroke of luck is quick and isolated, . But sometimes there is a lifetime of continuous fortune , which accompanies an extraordinary infusion of Divine Intelligence into the human soul.
When a person is consistently in the right place and the right time with the right ideas and the right resources at their disposal, while the dark clouds of ignorance, fear and resistance to inspiration have been banished, the effects of good actions toward others in parallel lives are presently bearing the expected favorable fruit.
"The lottery is a special tax for those not good at math."
In the 1720's, de Mundi Systemate 1643-1727 Isaac Newton, the famous physicist and Royal Master of the Mint, lost some of his considerable investment capital monies due to speculation in stock holdings of The South Sea Company.
As a result of this crisis, he stated, "I can calculate the motions of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people".
~~ God's Dream 1931- Anglican Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu
"You can never win a war against terror as long as there are conditions in the world that make people desperate - poverty, disease, ignorance, et cetera.
I think people are beginning to realize that you can't have pockets of prosperity in one part of the world with huge deserts of poverty and deprivation and think that you can have a stable and secure world."
Financial ups and downs
Much more common than a lifelong upward trajectory of ever-increasing hoard are nativities which feature temporary gains due to an auspicious mahadasha or dasha-bhukti combination.
Gains may be followed by losses, or vice versa.
Periods of vidyapathi-5 and dharmesha-9 are always auspicious, bringing children, personal creativity, and wisdom leading to confident decisions which enhance well-being. One component of well-being is the"weal" (wellness) which includes a component of material wealth.
Periods of the lords of the 2nd (hoard) or 11th (gains) frequently bring material gains through application of lineage knowledge (2) and mutually profitable friendships within the marketplace (11).
Periods of lord of 8th (the weird) or lord of 12th (ghosts) lords may bring loss of material acquisitions, caused by sudden, forced changes (8) or waning interest in the material identity (12).
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
"What is the most important for democracy is not that great fortunes should not exist,
but that great fortunes should not remain in the same hands."
Q: Dear Madame, I am consumed by a desire for wealth and I hope you will tell me when I can expect to realize this dream of mine.
Since many years, I have fantasized about millions perhaps billions of dollars. I dream of employing thousands of workers. I want to own cities and towns, cargo ships and railcars, factories and office buildings. I understand Donald Trump 's attraction to luxury office towers because I too want to own skyscrapers - several of them - with my name in gold letters over the doorway.
Madame, I can see it in my mind's eye. I come from a very poor background. My father suffered alcoholism and beat my mother violently. Indeed we were too poor to buy food at times and I remember my mother being in some compromising situations. It was horrible. I am happy to say that she is better now and my father has passed, which means I hope that I am free to build my dream of huge wealth that will provide jobs, health, and security for thousands if not millions of people. Do you see it in my chart? And when?
I come from a very poor background. My father suffered alcoholism and beat my mother violently. Indeed we were too poor to buy food at times and I remember my mother being in some compromising situations. It was horrible.
I am happy to say that she is better now and my father has passed, which means I hope that I am free to build my dream of huge wealth that will provide jobs, health, and security for thousands if not millions of people.
Do you see it in my chart? And when?
It's very widespread in the culture of course, but usually when a person has a truly burning ego-desire for money, fame, and respect from others on the outside, it is compensatory not authentic.
Excessive or compulsive seeking of material acquisition is generally a symptom of low self-worth. One feels a lacking value, diminished importance, and low self-regard on the inside thus over-compensates with display of value on the outside.
However sincere self-worth free of self-criticism is likely to naturally attract wealth, since financial wealth and psycho-emotional well-being are an energetically matched pair.
Try to look inside and find the deep emotional wound that is driving all of this Rahu-desire for skyscrapers and gold letter nameplates. Even if you do achieve a high level of materialization I am sorry to say that sensual pleasure and the praise of outside people are fleeting at best; like white sugar they are sweet for one moment then the hunger returns. No amount of money will - in itself - ever make a person happy.
Money combined with charity, money combined with education , money combined with good works, good intentions, and good design - yes, money combined with higher purposes can do wonderful things!
Happiness comes only from inside.
Years ago, I read for a fellow who declared that he owned California wine properties valued at USD-27 million. It's true that in his particular industry, 27 million is perhaps less than fully adequate to manage and develop successful vineyards through climate variation, economic cycles etc. But double that, say 60 million, would be a quite good capitalization in that industry (or it was at the time).
The industry was doing well and it was reasonable to expect that his worth would keep increasing so that he would soon own all the property and equipment that he would need to operate a substantial and prosperous investment. The nativity supported strong and positive relationships with bankers and plenty of financial wealth from wines (Vrishabha on 10th law navamsha and Zukra very well disposed in radix.)
However, this man told me that he could not be satisfied until he had at least USD_1 billion, since for him 27 million felt 'like a worthless street-sweeper'. His life's desire was to be included in the elite wealth club with the top financial investors, where he imagined he would get some 'real' recognition and respect. He wanted to know when and where he would hit the magic 1-billion mark which for him would mean 'finally real happiness'.
Until that day arrived, he felt miserable each day - criticizing himself for wasting time on small matters and feeling that he was not really 'successful'.
I had to feel sorry for this fellow despite his remarkable business intelligence. It came out in the follow-up that he had suffered humiliation and disregard from his fathers-side relatives when growing up, in a dramatic situation where his mother was thrown out with her children"on the street"and they"lived like beggars ". He was determined to get big and strong and rich and SHOW THEM how much he was WORTH.
Naturally his never-satisfied fantasies depended on getting respect from males (father-side, decision-makers) and getting control of infinite monies to ensure that his mother was never humiliated again. This script was looping over and over again in his subconscious, but he never looked inside to find the engine that was driving his insatiable desire for money. Even with USD_27million net worth he felt personally unsatisfied, invalidated, and powerless.
Since he never addressed the inner wounds that were causing his distress, his 27-million still felt unworthy, 'like a pauper' and he became more unhappy each day, striving to get more more more external validation but never feeling healed.
Whenever I am asked about money fantasies like winning a huge lottery, the mythical "big break" or any sudden external event which supposedly will create instant and complete personal validation, I always wonder what sort of ego-injury the person is trying to compensate.
Remember that money is the result of doubt-free i nner worth;
material assets cannot cause one to acquire worthiness.
The cause of financial wealth must lie within.
"Let your charity be in conformity with your wealth - that is the way to preserve it."
14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso
Generous Wisdom:Commentaries on the Jatakamala ,
trans. Tenzin Dorjee, ed. Dexter Roberts
Truly Solving Problems
"We feel that money and power can bring happiness and solve problems ,
but they are not definite causes of those desired states.
If that were so, it would follow that those who have wealth would necessarily have happiness,
and those who do not have wealth would always experience suffering.
As we can see, there are many people who have wealth and power who remain unhappy, due to which their health declines, and they are always taking medicines.
Therefore, in our daily life a certain way of thinking makes us happy,
a certain way of thinking makes us happy,
and a certain way of thinking makes us unhappy .
In other words, there are certain states of mind which bring us problems, and they can be removed; we need to make an effort in that direction.
Likewise, there are certain states of mind that bring us peace and happiness, and we need to cultivate and enhance them."
Thinking outside the box
Young Chuck moved to Texas and bought a donkey from a farmer for $100.00.
The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.
The next day he drove up and said, "Sorry son, but I have some bad news. The donkey died ."
Chuck replied, "Well, then, just give me my money back."
The farmer said, "Can't do that. I went and spent it already."
Chuck said, "Ok, then, just bring me the dead donkey."
The farmer asked, "What ya gonna do with him?
Chuck said, "I'm going to raffle him off."
The farmer said, "You can't raffle off a dead donkey!"
Chuck said, "Sure I can. Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he's dead."
A month later, the farmer met up with Chuck and asked, "What happened with that dead donkey?"
Chuck said, "I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars a piece and made a profit of $898.00."
The farmer said, "Didn't anyone complain?"
Chuck said, "Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two dollars back."
file update: 02-Sep-2017
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