Don’t Take a Gamble!
Any addiction that makes you want to become rich quickly without sincere and steadfast effort is questionable. The habit of gambling is not only risky, it is illusionary. It’s been seen that it can destroy not only the life of the one who practices it, but of those who are around them.
So whether you gamble online, at the casinos, on sports, buy scratch cards or lottery tickets, trade on stocks and shares, or dip into slot machines every so often, you are guilty of this habit. As euphoric as a ‘hit’ or a win may feel, very soon afterwards the gambler will be left feeling as empty as their pockets!
Gambling can give a false sense of hope. It makes us live in a fantasy bubble, a belief that one day I will receive a huge mound of money, and that my life will become suddenly rosy because of this huge bonanza. Well, I guess everyone is permitted some wishful thinking every now and then! It keeps the player forever waiting with bated breath for that solitary win which they reckon will come to them one day… but which may also never come!
Gambling can also be about laziness. It lures the player with the promise of a quick jackpot, instant results. Why be patient and wait, or why work hard, when the answer to all my problems may arrive tomorrow on a plate? To leave one’s life to chance and luck alone is utterly senseless. If one has not planted the seeds of good deeds then how can one expect to yield the fruits! If you actually believe that buying the lottery ticket is the ‘sowing’ of the seed itself, then you are making a statement to your destiny. It shows that you do not trust your own internal efforts, but are handing over the reins of your happiness by placing all your bets in an industry which is not there to look after anyone’s happiness or interests but their own.
Gambling is connected with ego and a false sense of power; a love for money itself and not for the means to wealth and prosperity. A feeling of victory one gets from outsmarting the other and forcing them to lose. Like a rollercoaster ride we are on a high so long as we are winning, but as we start losing, we come down very fast – face flat on the floor – our ego is crushed!
This is depicted extremely well in the great Indian epic, the Mahabharata. In the beginning the dubious Kaurav clan outsmarted the innocent and honest Pandav clan with their deceitful, sly and underhand methods during a game of Indian chess. But the rewards of this negative karma (actions) later materialized when the five Pandav brothers effortlessly defeated the hundred Kaurav brothers, and went on to win the Mahabharata – the Great War.
We all know that addiction to gambling is becoming an increasing problem for individuals and society. We may not think it applies to us but do we realise how many gambles we are taking in our lives every day?
Each time we choose the bad over the good, the lazy route over the challenging one, the dishonest path over the honest one, we are taking a gamble. We are gambling with ‘Maya’, otherwise known as the illusory things in our life! And this Maya is a player who is bloodthirsty to win! Maya will do anything to cheat you, corrupt you, con you and outsmart you. Maya gives us a feeling that we are winning; yet it is we who are the losers in the end, as Maya walks away with our pride!
As long as we make concerted positive steady effort everyday, like the tortoise, we will surely win the race. That is because we are reinforcing faith in our own actions, and not leaving our fate in the hands of some highly improbable probability! As we take charge and not live by chance, we are master creators of our destiny.
It’s time… to take charge over your life, and not leave it to chance!
© ‘It’s Time…’ by Aruna Ladva, BK Publications London, UK