Title- Buddha’s Talks-Causes of Destruction of Wealth


 
 

 

 

“Brahmin! The causes of destruction of wealth are the four kinds, such as enjoying the excessive appetite for sex, enjoying the excessive appetite for drinking alcohol, enjoying the excessive appetite for gambling and affectionately associating with the wicked friends.

 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Brahmin! For an example, there was a one-sided excavated dam having four inlet gates and four outlet gates; and a man had to close the inlet gates of one-sided excavated dam and had to open the outlet gates of it; there was no raining enough. Brahmin! If it is so, that dam will surely be degenerated; no water will increase. Brahmin! Similarly, the causes of destruction of appeared wealth are such as enjoying the excessive appetite for drinking alcohol, enjoying the excessive appetite for gambling and affectionately associating with the wicked friends”, said Buddha.

 
 
 

{Ujjaya Sutta}

As enjoying excessive appetite on eating and sleeping are the actions being more exceeded than necessary, these are the excessive ones which can destroy oneself. More worse than those is ‘enjoying the excessive appetite for drinking alcohol’. Enjoying the excessive appetite for drinking alcohol not only causes one’s brain to be in defect, it is the supportive in committing the evil deeds. As it caused one to be free from ‘sati’ (caution) and ‘sampajan’ (considerational intellect) , one would behave inconsistently and make a decision wrongly. Consequently, it had one’s personality degenerated, and besides, it destroyed one’s property. Finally, it makes one’s life short, as there is a saying: “A thing which damages a sword is a bamboo joint; a thing which ruins a man is alcohol”. The reasons for becoming a state of enjoying the excessive appetite for drinking alcohol are either associating with the wicked, evil friends (‘papamitta’) , or having a hobby of excessive enjoyment.

Because of immorality, one turned the foolish (‘antha puthujanau’). The foolish committed the evil, demerit deeds, having no ideas of them. “A foolish who was adhered to, smeared and transferred to the up-right conscientious who adhered to him, with his wickness, as a poisonous arrow smeared and transferred to other non-poisonous smeared arrows with its poison”.

 
 
 

{Sukha Pattana Sutta}

 

As one who associated with the wicked who would enjoy the excessive appetite for drinking alcohol, he had to follow suit. Therefore if one has the wicked friend, enjoying the excessive appetite for sex, enjoying the excessive appetite for drinking alcohol, enjoying the excessive appetite for gambling can appear as his companion.

As soon as four outlet gates of a one-sided excavated dam are being opened simultaneously, the water in the dam will degrade. Similarly, due to four kinds (i.e. enjoying the excessive appetite for sex, enjoying the excessive appetite for drinking alcohol, enjoying the excessive appetite for gambling and affectionately associating with the wicked friends) , the property one earned and stored, are surely to be degraded.

 
 

 

 
‘Habit’ means a behaviour having more exceeded than the common, born one in nature. Since one does not know about the habit causing appearance of bad results, that habit destroys one’s property. The evil habits like, enjoying the excessive appetite for sex, enjoying the excessive appetite for drinking alcohol, enjoying the excessive appetite for gambling are not the causes making the property increase, but degenerated only. Only who is supporting these habits,is the wicked friend.

 

 

 

 

 

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