Sikhism. In A02, I have to explain Sikh teaching on wealth and poverty.

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        In A02, I have to explain Sikh teaching on wealth and poverty. The definition of wealth is a large amount of money and valuable material possessions or the state of being rich. The definition of poverty is the condition of being without adequate food or money.

Sikhs believe in Kirat Karna. This is to earn a living by honest means. Kirat Karna places on Sikhs obligation to earn a living by honest means. Sikhs believe that work is an essential, both for the good of the individual’s family and for society in general. Working provides for the fundamental requirements such as food, clothing and housing. The form of work is it manual, professional, agricultural or social is not of prime importance; but it should not involve deceit, or any other form of underhanded dealing, or exploit other people in any way possible. Immoral or illegal work is strictly frowned upon. Making a living, for example, by producing harmful drugs or promoting pornography or prostitution is not regarded as earning a living by honest means. Sikhs believe that wealth in itself is not wrong, providing it is gained honestly. But to become obsessed by wealth is. The wealth created by hard work should be used for the benefits of your family, the Khalsa (Sikh Brotherhood) and humanity in general.

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For every person on this Earth, work is a moral duty and commitment. We are seldom aware that our comfortable living depends upon the work of several thousands of people.

We should not forget that work is our life-long companion, as well as our greatest teacher. Honest work for a good cause is the real ‘antidote to grief’. One who is involved in the selfless service of the others does not suffer from grief to that degree as a person would suffer who is not busy is any such selfless noble job.

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