Buddha’s Guide to Peace and Happiness
Protecting Assets and Wealth
Six Ways of
squandering wealth to avoid
in alcohol and drugs which cause loss of self-control
the streets, staying out late at night
partying and always looking for entertainment
with bad company
idle and lazy
Most of these points are
self-explanatory but a special mention should be made about intoxicants.
The Buddha advised very strongly against such substances many times
in this discourse and in other important teachings too.
This is especially relevant nowadays as we see so many people, rich
and poor, famous and obscure, causing themselves and others such enormous
harm by abusing alcohol and illegal drugs.
and excessive drinking is usually accompanied by a host of other
expensive, and usually immoral and unhealthy activities which lead to many
other personal, health and financial problems.
Also, drink-driving and drug trafficking are these days, among
society’s most dangerous and destructive crimes.
These are the six sure
ways of losing our wealth and savings.
Engaging in these activities will have many other harmful
consequences for both the individual and society too.
A rational person would surely wish to protect what he or she has
worked so hard to build up. Financial
stability will be assured by simply avoiding these six activities.
Peace and happiness will follow, and so too will prosperity.
One will be ruined by these six things :
sleeping late, adultery, hatred, aimlessness, harmful friends, extreme
One will suffer not only in this life, but
also in the next, if he or she has evil friends and companions, and spends
time doing evil.
One will be destroyed if he or she
indulges in the following six things : gambling and promiscuity, drinking
and being obsessed with singing and dancing, sleeping by day, aimless
wandering at unseemly hours, keeping harmful friends, utter stinginess.
One who takes delight in gambling,
drinking, adultery, associating with low-life and avoiding the wise, will
surely go to waste.
One who goes from place to place drinking
and becoming a drunkard will sink quickly into debt, become poor,
homeless, and bring disrepute to his or her family.
One cannot maintain a proper home life and
family by always sleeping till late, rising when it is night, and always
One who continually gives excuses not to
work and leaves things undone, will miss out on opportunities to do well.
One who is not greatly affected by
difficulties in work, who does not look for excuses to avoid work, who
fulfills his or her responsibilities, will always enjoy happiness.