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Hindus have had to live with poverty throughout their history so they have learnt to cope with it and have well defined attitudes towards it. Unlike most Christians, Hindus know what poverty is like on a day-to-day basis.

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Hindus have had to live with poverty throughout their history so they have learnt to cope with it and have well defined attitudes towards it. Unlike most Christians, Hindus know what poverty is like on a day-to-day basis. Beliefs According to artha, Hindus can earn what is needed to feed and clothe and educate their family but greed is very dangerous. It clouds the mind, poisons it and prevents us from seeing and experiencing Brahman. It anchors us here on earth forever to be reborn. We should not desire more than we need. We should love and share with all others. The collective happiness of all humans is our concern. Aid should be given to the poor freely and without thought of reward. If a rich person keeps all his/her wealth, it will cause his/her ruin. Real charity is to give people the chance to stand on their own feet, to earn what they need, not to keep people relying on aid. When Hindus reach a certain age, they often give up all their possessions and go off into the forest to seek Brahman. They own nothing as these sannyasis and it is accepted that villagers feed them as they pass through. Giving up wealth is considered an aid to one's journey towards Moksha. It is possible that individual poverty is caused by bad karma in a previous life, or collective bad karma in this life. Quotations from Sacred Writings: "A person is what his deep desire is. It is the deepest desire in this life that shapes the life to come." ...read more.


UK, USA, Japan, Sweden and Germany are the well off countries which are sometimes called the developed countries. These countries are mostly on the northern hemisphere of the world, therefore they are often called the rich north. Brazil, Nigeria, India and Malaysia are the not so well of and so are sometimes called the developing countries. These are mostly in the southern hemisphere, therefore are called the poor south. Differences between Rich and Poor Countries There are a lot of differences between Rich and Poor countries and can be noticeable if we observe them carefully, this table shows some of the main differences. The North The South 25% of world population 75% of world population 85% of world industries 15% of world industries 80% of world recourses used 20% of world recourses used 65% of world grain cops 35% of world grain crops life expectance of 75 years life expectance of 50 years one doctor for every 500 people one doctor for every 7000 people one car for every 4 people one car for every 10,000 people China's solution to the Problem China has a population of over 12000 million people, and this is increasing by over 30,000 every day. The Government decided that it had to take drastic measures to try to bring this population explosion under control. It introduced a law which said that Chinese couples were only allowed to have one child. If a couple has more than one child, they can be fined or have their electricity cut off. ...read more.


Its strength lies in the purity of its nature and purpose. The Sanstha puts extreme effort to the world by building up the character in societies, families and individuals. This is not just don't by mottos and slogans but by a lot of motivation and individual attention, through increasing the number of projects for everyone, creed, colour and country. The Sanstha's universal work has received many national welfare awards and the affiliation to the United Nations. Its international network has grown into 2,710 Youth, 4,070 Children and 1,320 Women centres, 680 sadhus, 45,000 volunteers and the dedication of over one million followers. The hallmark of the Swaminarayan devotee is that he or she devoutly begins the day with puja and meditation, works or studies honestly and donates regular hours in serving others. He/she observes the five principal vows: No Stealing, No Adultery, No Alcohol, No Meat, No Impurity of body and mind. This is the secret to the services performed for a better life. Aims and Objectives The social spiritual activities of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha aim to inspire a better and happier individual, family and society. Through its 170 spiritual and humanitarian activities it aims to inspire one and all towards a better way of life through the humanitarian values of service, purity, discipline, love, tolerance, harmony. Energize its efforts against dowry, smoking, drugs, alcohol and other destructive addictions. Promote harmony and peace among all communities through understanding and co-operation. Develop constructive and creative youth and children's activities to increase their energy, promoting educational and social services. Sustain the roots of Indian Culture and all the good that it stands for. ...read more.

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