That may sound like a blanket statement, knowing that we live at a time and in a world that is full of uncertainties. However, sastra (also called shruti or Veda), meaning Scriptures, assures us on this point.
In a management seminar, you will be told that your goal has to be SMART – Specific, Measureable, Ambitious, Realistic and Time-bound. So, one may say, “I want to have a net worth of Rs. 100 Crores by the time I am 40 years old” instead of “I want to be rich”. Good. Sounds like a SMART goal. However, sastra does not insist on SMART goals. It is willing to accept your general goal. So, how is sastra going to help me gain this? The impression that many people are under is that sastra tells one not to have desires/ambition, not to go after material wealth, but to lead a “spiritual life”
Interestingly, sastra does not say that, at least to begin with. In fact, desire or ambition is a human privilege. In the Bhagawad Gita, Lord Krishna says, I am in the form of kama, desire; as long as it is within the bounds of dharma, dharma aviruddho kamo’smi (Ch VII. 11) Any human goal can be achieved by appropriate effort and the grace of the appropriate devata, because the very desire is Isvara.
The beauty of our culture is that there is a devata, a presiding deity for everything. All these Gods and Goddesses are manifestations of the one indivisible Isvara. When one wants better eyesight, one prays to Lord Sun – perhaps chant Adityahrdayam daily. When one desires to gain knowledge, one prays to Goddess Saraswati. Goddess Laxmi is the presiding deity for wealth. So, when one wants to gain wealth, one prays to Laxmi.
Vedas prescribe several pujas and yagnas that can be performed as an offering to Goddess Laxmi to gain wealth. Of course, there are some conditions attached (like one sees in advertisements offering free something or the other, T&C apply!) These include shraddha in the veda and therefore the certainty that done correctly, the process will yield the result one is looking for, sincerity in performing the prayer/yagna, sustained effort etc. One must also maintain purity in the form strict adherence to dharma.
Some of the yagnas for wealth include Astalakshmi yagna, Mahalakshmi puja, Shri sukhtam chanting/homam etc. (There are many sites offering to do such yagna for you for a variety of material end results – for a fee, of course!)
Thus, any goal, any form of sukha, can be obtained with the help of sruti, complemented by one’s will and effort.
Think about it.