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It is imperative that parents teach their children the value of money early in childhood. They are often in a hurry to make them study in the best schools and to teach values like honesty, kindness, etc. Although these qualities and values do make a person good, a lesson in financial wisdom would further help secure the financial future of their children.
A core education that focuses on the value of money and the importance of financial prudence would pave the way for brighter and more secure adulthood.
More often than not, it is the absence of money, that makes people forget all values and start doing activities that require less effort. This in turn leads to an unworthy life. Earning rightfully and leading a worthy life begins when lessons about the value of money are deeply entrenched in a person’s mind.
Now, the value of money is not to be taken at its face value, so the value of Rs. 500 should not be considered as 500. But the value of money is in the learning and practice of such a concept – that if a child saves ten rupees every day, then he or she would be able to enjoy a better life after two years or so.
In the book, How To Become Rich, the author Devdutt Pattanaik, has written about twelve indispensable lessons that he has learned from Vedic and Puranic stories. This book is for everyone who is always curious to know about wealth and how to earn it. These lessons must be taught to children so that the world becomes more aware of the right ways to become wealthy.
The author shares an insightful introduction to the book and the lessons learned from Vedas and Puranas on how to become a wealthy person and lead a peaceful life.
Yes, you read it right!
Almost every individual is taught that being spiritual, and the spiritual books of Indian culture and history, are about learning to let go of materialistic things of life, but the author has given a wonderful introduction about how Vedas and Puranas are teaching us to earn money the right way and lead a happy and fulfilling life.
The book also delves into some fundamental questions that may often puzzle mere mortals like us. These questions go beyond the purview of your regular finance books and instead focus on some questions that seem on a higher plane altogether.
One of the most intriguing questions that the book tends to ask is if wanting to become rich is a normal desire. Through a unique blend of financial concepts, mythological tales, and immersive illustrations, he makes us understand how wanting to be rich is normal and in no way is opposed to the way of life or dharma as stated by our texts.
The lessons about money and money management have been written along with some amazing examples from our mythological stories.
The author has an impressive writing style and the language of the book is simple and can easily be understood by everyone.
Everyone wants to become rich but very few believe that the hunger to become rich is an absolutely right choice to have in life and not something that goes against the good values taught to us.
The book shares an interesting story related to Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati about how having the hunger to become rich is okay.
The same concept is further elucidated through another intriguing story of Lord Brahma when he calls all his children for a meal and everyone eats differently. Through this story, the author wants to share the lesson that everyone must consider the needs and demands of others to earn money in the right manner.
Further, through the story of Krishna, Satyabhama, and Indra, the author has given a lesson of saving a portion of today’s earned money so that we can live without worries in life and if in future some problem arises, we will have a sufficient amount of money to face the challenge.
The book majorly is about money and its various aspects. But the author has also interspersed these financial concepts with philosophical lessons that, if implemented by a reader religiously, would enable them to live a life abundant in peace and prosperity.
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