is the Richest Person
in the World
(Bill Gates... or was
is the richest person in the world... truthfully speaking... tell it all from
your heart... one who has abundant wealth for the next many generations or one
devoid of any wealth reaches the last leg of cosmic life... the 8.4 millionth
manifestation... when human beings gained enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally
As records indicate
(Forbes magazine)... Bill Gates is still... consistently for many
years the richest person of the world. No doubt... in the physical
manifest world the material wealth of the person indicates that
the person is rich. Apart from material wealth... the incumbent
is endowed with success in life. One is definitely also termed a
philanthropist... a successful entrepreneur!
If we compare
material wealth of Bill Gates with that of Gautama Buddha... who
fares well...? Gautama Buddha or Bill Gates! If Gautama Buddha
and Bill Gates were physically present on the same platform, I bet
none in the world would accept Bill gates being richer! Does this
indicate that the intangible spiritual wealth of which Gautama Buddha
was a master is at higher level!
the fields... the physical manifest world and our inner world... the real world
of self... the world of our soul atman... the spirit within are entirely different
yet connected intimately! For living life successfully in the physical manifest
world... one needs to be success in life... accumulating material wealth by honest
and sincere means and working hard all the time.
our inner world... the world of our inner self... our soul atman... the spirit
within always governs us in every phase of life! Whatever be our physical tendencies...
the outer appearance yet, the strength of any individual comes from within! The
power to remain honest, sincere and hard-working stems from within... it was never
a part of the physical manifest world!
a life span of about 70 to 80 years we all leave the mortal abode... and so shall
the two richest persons of the world... Bill Gates and Warren Buffett (life span
definitely can increase beyond hundred years but it is never indefinite). What
does this all indicate? In the coming 21st century itself after the mortal death
of the rich luminaries... their soul atman shall manifest another body.
possible... they are born not in that rich a family as of now! As goes the centuries
old adage of doctrine of karma... one that has enjoyed the material comforts of
life... lived life meaningfully in a sincere, honest and hard-working environment...
this soul atman in the next manifestation would most probably manifest the form
of a sage or a saint! Why?
we understand the true underlying crux of life... we find our soul atman... the
spirit within being absolute master and controller of the body... and not vice
versa! The control of manifest life... the human body always laid with our soul
atman... the spirit within! In the circumstances whiling away our precious 70
to 80 years of earthly sojourn accumulating materialistic niches carry no meaning!
the earthly sojourn of Gautama Buddha is at a higher level than Bill Gates...
what use earning more and more when in next manifestation by our soul atman...
we may manifest form of an ordinary mortal... a sage or a saint perhaps! If standing
on same platform... the status of Gautama Buddha is considered higher... why not
run after spiritual wealth than riches of ephemeral world!
the field of spirituality Bill Gates and Warren Buffett would be termed absolute
ignorant in the maze of life! Till date... one does not find any worthwhile philanthropic
activity by Bill Gates or Warren Buffett. Why? Is the status of Sir John Templeton
more than that of Bill Gates or warren Buffett? Surely... it is! Why?
his quest for finding the truths of life, Sir John Templeton initiated the formation
of John Templeton foundation... a philanthropist organization that gives away
the annual Templeton Prize valuing £1,000,000 to any individual or organization
that excels in the big questions of life... the field of spirituality... the real
truth of us!
a prize is one thing... going after the truths of life in an orderly instituted
manner is something different! Sir John Templeton was a visionary par excellence...
an embodiment of absolute truth... something that is not comparable with the likes
of Bill Gates or Warren Buffett. Sir John Templeton was a true karma Yogi... par
the history of mankind it is difficult to find people who truly take care of the
needs of the community... the masses at large! One who can go beyond the needs
of the ephemeral world... one who can dive deep into the portals of spirituality
and unearth pearls of wisdom that are nowhere found in the books of knowledge...
world is endowed with!
in terms of Bill Gates or Warren Buffett... Sir John Templeton could
have done better... accumulated more materialistic wealth than running
after spirituality... the inner strength of human life! Similar
as Bill Gates... the chief architect of Microsoft Corporation has
been running after accumulating materialistic wealth much beyond
his requirements of the present or next life!
knows what we shall be in the next manifestation... why care at all for the next
manifestation... why not indulge in doing our best in present manifestation! As
per the doctrine of karma the closing balance of present life becomes the opening
balance of next manifestation. If our present life is rich with endowments
from God... our next life also would be!
article or essay is not meant to belittle Bill Gates or Warren Buffett. People
in such high brackets of life can never be belittled... they are much above the
established norms of society from where they can be easily swayed. But one thing
is for sure... all the materialistic wealth accumulated by Bill Gates and Warren
Buffett in present life would go waste. Why?
per the doctrine of karma in Hinduism... what one essentially carries to next
life... the next manifestation is the intangible riches gained... the results
of Punya karma (good deeds) accumulated in present life! Everything materialistic
always gets left behind... what passes on are virtues and the Punya karma earned!
next manifestation after the death of present body is decided by the residual
balance of karma of present life! If the karma is rich with virtues and Punya
karma... most likely one would be born a sage or a saint in the next manifestation!
This is how the doctrine of karma comes full circle. In the house of God there
are no free lunches... nor are there inconsistencies!
as stipulated by famous physicist Stephen Hawking in his famous book, "a
brief history of time". The ignorant scientist stipulates that the system
of God is disordered at some stage. Stephen Hawking fails to understand that spirituality
starts from the point where science ends. Standing on the platform of science
one can never view the workings of spiritual world!
demands proofs... In the field of spirituality it is absolute faith in God Almighty
that rules the roost! In the field of spirituality proofs are not forthcoming
most of the time. Lack of proof makes the scientific community go tizzy. In spite
best efforts... scientific community fathoming the depth of wisdom contained in
teachings of Gautama Buddha becomes incomprehensible!
richest person of the world in the world parlance may be Bill Gates or Warren
Buffett but of all the things teachings of Gautama Buddha still hold ground. The
physical manifest wealth of Bill Gates or Warren Buffett can never outdo the spiritual
wealth accumulated by Gautama Buddha... one who reached the last leg of cosmic
life in his lifetime and finally gained salvation (moksha).
the spiritual world... terms richest person of the world... richest man in the
world... most famous person in the world carry no meaning unless the individual
is endowed with the spiritual grace of God... the spiritual worth! It is only
the field of spirituality that dominates the world of human beings... outdoes
every other field no matter what!
we truly desire gaining richness in life... becoming the richest person of the
world... the richest man in the world... stop running after ephemeral values in
life! It is not riches of the physical manifest world that count... what ultimately
last are virtues, Punya karma earned at the end of the day! It is our virtues
alone in present life that transfers to the next manifestation!
after body... life after life... the journey of our soul atman continues uninterrupted
until human beings reached the last phase of manifest cosmic life... the 8.4 millionth
manifestation when human beings gained enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally
salvation (moksha). Becoming a Mahavira (24th Tirthankara of Jainism) is the true
essence of life!
rightly said, before preaching anything become a Mahavira first... an enlightened
one! One who has not yet reached the portals of enlightenment... how one can be
trusted with the teachings of enlightenment... the sacrosanct divinity that exists
within human beings! In present life we have many religious preachers... but to
find a truly enlightened one is difficult!
The prime reason
why in the lasts about 150 years' only two people world over gained
enlightenment (amongst 7 billion people existing on Mother Earth)...
Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana! Spirituality forms
the inner strength of everything cosmic. If we truly desire gaining
success in life... run after intangible assets... not the ephemeral
essence of life lay in becoming richest person of the world in intangible terms...
by transmuting vital sexual energy to more creative uses... by full awakening
of the Kundalini Shakti. By practicing absolute celibacy for a minimum period
of 12 years in continuation... human beings finally scaled all barriers of physical
manifest life... reached portals of God within one's lifetime!
shall enumerate two examples for clarifying matters. Bill Gates the chief architect
of Microsoft Corporation pioneered the development of wonderful software called
Windows. This software is available illegally world wide... more predominantly
in developing countries including India and China! About 35% population of the
world lives in India and China.
happens in India and China can never be neglected. Using counterfeit software...
people continue their life routines knowing well that the hands of law can easily
reach them (whether punishment would be awarded or not is a matter of dispute
in the present corrupt world). Does it mean people have tendency to be corrupt...
go for the counterfeit willingly!
I do not agree... not in the least! When things are not available by legal means
at a reasonable price... people go for counterfeit! So is happening in the poor
countries of the world. Had Bill Gates the spiritual wisdom... he would have priced
the famous Windows program almost 1/10 the price it is today... may be 1/5 would
have been more practical!
a million people used the counterfeit copy costing them minimal; I bet they would
have purchased the legal copy at 1/5 the present company price! Calculations would
be mind-boggling... the work required to be done would be more but in spiritual
parlance... Bill Gates would have become a living man God... something
prayed to in most households of the present century!
Curie who discovered the precious radium... laid down her life for the cause of
community. In searching for radium in pitchblende day and night... her body gave
way due to massive doses of radioactivity! She finally succumbed but all her life
she remained internally happy... never minding what people said or did!
name is much more respectable then that of Bill Gates or Warren Buffett. The name
of Madame Curie would be remembered for millenniums to come. But gone are the
times for Bill Gates. People world over abhor the dictatorial tendencies of Microsoft
Corporation... the high price of the software and the yearly updating costs! Even
rich people grievance about high cost.
fallout... development of Linux software... an open end working platform where
anyone can change the code of the software! Nothing is lost still... Bill Gates
can hold on by reducing cost of its varied software phenomenally and bringing
it within the reach of the rich and the poor.
only mankind would hail Bill Gates for centuries to come... he would be remembered
in the history of mankind as a true entrepreneur... a harbinger of human values...
one who upheld human values more than anything else!
by donating wealth to so-called world organization UN... one does not become a
philanthropist! Ted Turner did exactly that... donating $1 billion to UN. True
essence of philanthropy lay in accumulating the intangible riches in life and
working for the best of community as did Madame Curie!
Melinda Gates foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars for the cause
of AIDS. If AIDS could be eradicated in such a manner... then wow to Bill and
Melinda Gates! The essence of charity lay in eradicating the disease from the
roots... not just providing a cure... a temporary solace!
menace of AIDS can be cured mentally than physically. Before committing anything
physically... the act is always done mentally. Before committing a murder...
one always does it a thousand times mentally before actual murder takes place!
If we truly desire eradicating AIDS from day-to-day life... we need educating
people... by making them understand inherent truths of life!
point saying that teachings of Gautama Buddha (had he been live today) would have
worked like a miracle. If Gautama Buddha were alive today and he would have delivered
a sermon on AIDS... it would have spread like wildfire... causing AIDS to stop
in its roots. People would have shunned the act of promiscuous indulgence... the
unintelligent use of one night stands!
a few seconds of physical gratification... mankind can never lay siege to their
entire life! Only a person as revered as Gautama Buddha could have turned the
tide in the favor of community. Permanent eradication of a disease first has to
take place mentally... the physical implementation comes next!
single loner... a single human being can cause the eradication of AIDS from the
world entirely. What we need is the will power of Winston Churchill... the firmness
of Florence Nightingale... the determination of a will to do or die... only then
the menace we call AIDS can be permanently eradicated from the society.
In a nutshell...
the richest person of the world... the richest man in the world
is not one who is measured by his materialistic wealth... but the
intangible spiritual assets that were the inner strength
of Gautama Buddha... Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa or Maharishi
Kumar "Atma Jnani"
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