GREED IS NO GOOD (by Shiva Kant Jha)

The learned neoliberal experts tell us to wait, and wait, and wait till great wealth accumulates with ‘the substantial people’. They feel that a little of that wealth can trickle down to the common people someday. I have often wondered: will these billionaires be ever satisfied with their billions, or trillions? My study and reflection tell us: they will never be satisfied with their treasures. Centuries back, our ancestors had wisely observed in the Sri Harivamsa Purana ( the ‘Harivamsha Parva’, Chapt. 30):

न जातु कामः कामानामुपभोगेन शाम्यति, हविषा कृष्णवर्त्मेव भूय एवाभिवर्धते
यत् पृथिव्यां व्रीहियवं हिरण्यं पशवः स्त्रियः, नालमेकस्य तत सर्वमिति पश्यन्न मुह्यति
[ Not all the wealth, not all the women can ever satisfy the lusty urge of a single man. Hence the right thing is to control desires as they have no end. Desires increase more and more when enjoyed with lust and attachment. They increase as do the flames of fire when ghee is poured on it. When desires wax untrammelled, one can never be at peace. ]
Greed is never satisfied, it feeds on itself, it deludes men to never-never land where cascading desires become limitless. This is the humanity’s tragic trait that Alfred Russel Wallace, a British naturalist and biologist, had once noted with great concern: his perception is well known as the Wallace Syndrome.


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