Prosperity and Abundance

Think Success by Jayaram V

by Jayaram V

The following essay is reproduced with publisher's permission from the book Think Success by Jayaram V.


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In the final analysis, prosperity is not something which you inherit, but something you create and sustain out of your own consciousness, through your effort, determination and will to succeed against odds.

You may think that you have toiled alone to amass your wealth and you may take full credit for your success. But the truth is countless people and forces would have helped you in your journey to be where you are. Even if you inherited your vast fortunes from your parents or someone else, they too would not have been able to do so, without help from others.

Although, outwardly, everyone seems to be acting selfishly and tending one’s own fence, the world is sustained mostly on the principles of generosity, sharing and cooperation. We may draw our own little circles of selfishness upon earth and define our boundaries, but beneath the circles and the walls we build, there is the earth connecting everyone and everything. Above us, there is the sky that has no boundaries, and in between, there is the air, which we all share. Whether we are rich or poor, high or low, collectively, in the game of life, we all play our dutiful roles.

Anyone, who lives in society, owes something to society for one’s survival and success. Nature promotes cooperation, not isolation. Competition is not possible, without understanding, willingness and some degree of cooperation among those who compete.

In a competitive situation, we may try to outsmart each other. But without competition, we do not see a good reason to excel. We would not create the standards and the rules that are required to be shared and followed by everyone, who wants to be part of the competition. If you do not recognize this truth, you may not appreciate the role others play in your struggle for survival.

Some people spend their whole lives accumulating wealth, but remain poor in their hearts. They do not enjoy their wealth, gnawed by scarcity thinking, nor do they rise above their petty mentality to feel connected with the rest of the world. For them making money is the goal, not an activity. They remain steeped in their own ignorance and selfishness, disconnected from the source that creates all.

On the other hand, you may find people who are poor, but do not complain. They live with contentment, unencumbered by the weight of sorrow or the expectations of society. Whether they have money or not, they remain generous, sharing whatever they have, and live with contentment, gratitude, compassion, understanding and appreciation. They help others and feel connected, even if personally they are going through difficult times.

Abundance is a state of mind. It does not necessarily depend upon material wealth. The sense of fulfillment comes, when you appreciate your connection with the universe and the rest of creation, when you have contentment in your heart and control over your desires, expectations, fears and anxieties.

Some people open their hearts, as they become successful, while some remain vain and conceited. Some people remain unhappy, even though by world standards they are rich and successful, while some manage to stay balanced and contended, even though in the eyes of the world they haven‘t achieved much. There is no correlation between wealth and happiness. Wealth does not guarantee morality, virtue, humility and freedom. Wealth creates opportunities, but does not by itself ensure success and fulfillment.

What is the true meaning of being rich? Is it to be having the freedom to spend money, being able to fulfill your desires, or standing tall in the social hierarchy, in terms of financial worth? People think they know how to recognize a rich person when they see one. But, on second thoughts, we know that the richness of life can be experienced in many ways, not just by having money or spending money.

Material wealth is not everything, although it is important in life, for the sense of freedom and opportunities it creates. The abundance of life is experienced in many ways: by having and enjoying, giving and appreciating and by setting in motion the law of compensation and reaping its rewards. It is created and sustained by many personal qualities, which qualify us to be the recipients of the universal abundance. These qualities are also essential, to sustain the flow of abundance and experience the richness and wholeness of life.

In the following paragraphs I have presented 15 such qualities, which enable you to overcome your self-imposed limitations and disempowering beliefs to create wealth and manage it successfully. I call them pillars of prosperity, because they are the foundation, upon which one can build a wholesome and balanced life. Most of these qualities are interrelated and sustain one another. If you possess them already, you can skip this article. If not, you can cultivate them to channel abundance into your life and enjoy the freedom and happiness it creates. These qualities are listed below.

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