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Wealth and Poverty in context to Hinduism

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Wealth and Poverty in context to Hinduism Wealth and poverty are two terms frequently used by all human beings. Humans can be rich or poor in different ways. Poverty is the economic condition in which people lack enough income to obtain certain levels of health services, food, housing, clothing, and education generally recognized as the necessary to ensure a good enough standard of living. What is considered adequate, however, depends on the average standard of living in a particular society. Relative poverty is that experienced by those whose income falls considerably below the average for their particular society. Absolute poverty is that experienced by those who do not have enough food to remain healthy. However, estimating poverty on an income basis may not measure essential elements that also contribute to a healthy life. People without access to education or health services should be considered poor even if they have adequate food. In Sanskrit, the word "wealth" means "sampatti", this means anything that is enriched, in India knowledge is known as a type of wealth. The people in India think that people who are able to read the ancient scriptures have wealth in them as they have the wealth of the language. ...read more.

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The servants should be treated with respect, and should be taken care of-medicines paid for if they become ill, old clothes given to them, etc. MK Gandhi changed many old Hindu beliefs with his teachings. He taught that it is wrong to think that a poor person is only getting what they deserve. He believed that everyone was a part of God, and people should recognize that they share the same world and should care for one another. He taught that service to others was the best way to find God. This had a big effect on the treatment of the poor in India today. There are many charities set up for helping the poor in India, such as the Hindu Mission Hospital and Prison Fellowship India. These charities receive many donations from many Hindus-even those overseas will often send back money to help the poor. Poverty is now a problem on a global scale, and Hinduism has needed, and will continue to need, to undertake a state of change. Many of the beliefs Hindus held only a couple of centuries ago have been altered or even removed altogether. The globalization of Hinduism, bringing it into contact with a wide range of other cultures and religions, has influenced this a lot. ...read more.

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If there were no rich people in this world then everybody would be poor this would mean that everyone would be equal, everyone would live the same type of life, there would be no happiness in life. If there was just poverty in the world then people would end up being lazy and layed back. Whereas if there was no poverty in the world people would still end up being lazy as they wouldn't feel the need to work. Hindus believe that it is a persons own fault if they suffer in their life as they bought it upon themselves and no one else. Taking this into account they also feel that they should go out of their way to help those who are less fortunate than themselves as they feel that they are being rewarded for their generosity and good work. Personally I feel that there should be both rich and poor people, because everybody bought the type of quality of their life's upon themselves. It wouldn't be fair if everyone was poor or if everyone was rich, people would end up living lazy lives where they would gain nothing, I feel that the world is alright the way that it is and that people have practically chosen what types of lives that they want to lead by the way that they lived their previous lives, so I disagree with this statement. ...read more.

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