The Mahabharata is regarded as equal to four Vedas and called as fifth Veda.
It is a the great ocean of the knowledge, and combined circle of life. It is a book of Stories and History of Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. I have not such a proper word to explain the Greatness of Great Epic Mahabharata.
We always talk about Dharma and how to follow it and how to become a Dharma follower etc.. however, Sometimes Dharma looks very difficult to follow or if someone follow it, they suffers with difficulty too.
It doesn’t mean Dharma is avoidable or fruitless. Ultimately Dharma followers gain the most achievable feat called “Fame” and “Moksha” in sacred way.
The thread is based on Artha not for Dharma. The most usable thing’s in the ancient time and current age also. Artha meaning is sense, goal, purpose or essence. However, without Wealth (Goal) Artha can’t be completed.
Wealth/Riches/Money/Prosperity belongs to Artha and without Wealth, Dharma, charity and Human beings can’t be survive longer or be happier.
Here are speech of Dhananjaya, who won the wealth for his Nation and King Yudhishthira. Dhananjaya (who conquer the wealth) was another name of Arjuna the younger son Kunti.
Forms of Wealth
Dhananjaya said to Yudhishthira “Divested of prosperity and without resources, no one can never win fame on earth or acquire sons and animals.
The religion of royalty depends entirely on wealth. One who robs another of wealth, robs him of his religion as well.
It is seen that a poor man, even when he stands near, is accused falsely. Poverty is a state of sinfulness.
The man that is fallen, O king, grieveth, as also he that is poor. I do not see the difference between a fallen man and a poor man.
All kinds of meritorious acts flow from the possession of great wealth like a mountain. From wealth spring all religious acts, all pleasures, and heaven itself, O king! Without wealth, a man cannot find the very means of sustaining his life.
Value of Wealth
The acts of a person who, possessed of little intelligence, suffers himself to be divested of wealth, are all dried up like shallow streams in the summer season.
He that has wealth has friends.
He that has wealth has kinsmen.
He that has wealth is regarded as a true man in the world.
He that has wealth is regarded as a learned man.
If a person who hath no wealth desires to achieve a particular purpose, he meets with failure.
Wealth brings about accessions of wealth, like elephants capturing (wild) elephants.
Uses of Wealth
Religious acts, pleasures, joy, courage, wrath, learning, and sense of dignity, all these proceed from wealth, O king! From wealth one acquires family honour.
From wealth, one’s religious merit increases. He that is without wealth hath neither this world, nor the next, O best of men! The man that hath no wealth succeeds not in performing religious acts, for these latter spring from wealth, like rivers from a mountain.
He that is lean in respect of (his possession of) steeds and kine and servants and guests, is truly lean and not he whose limbs alone are so.
O king, do the gods ever wish for anything else than the slaughter of their kinsmen (the Asuras)? If the appropriation of wealth belonging to others be not regarded as righteous, how, O monarch, will kings practise virtue on this earth?
Learned men have, in the Vedas, laid down this conclusion. The learned have laid it down that kings should live, reciting every day the three Vedas, seeking to acquire wealth, and carefully performing sacrifices with the wealth thus acquired.
The wealth that kings take from others becomes the means of their prosperity. (Tax)
Earning of Wealth
We never seen wealth that has been earned without doing some injury to others.
It is even thus that kings conquer this world. Having conquered, they call that wealth theirs, just as sons speak of the wealth of their sires as their own.
Like water flowing on every direction from a swollen ocean, that wealth runs on every direction from the treasuries of kings.