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Is money the god and profession the religion.
By Hiren Surendra Shah   
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Last edited: Friday, December 07, 2007
Posted: Monday, July 28, 2003

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For all practical purposes money makes the world go around whatever spirituality may have to say about honesty and morality.

One comes across articles on Teachers, doctors and other professions on how they go to any lengths to make money in total disregard of all professional norms. “Some men worship rank, some worship heroes, some worship power, some worship god and over these ideals they dispute but everybody worships money”- Mark Twain
1) It is widely believed that the people who make vaccines for computer viruses introduce them in the first place.
2) The head of an aids related organization in Bombay stated how some US multinationals were trying to advocate that HIV and Aids were linked in order to promote their drugs although there was enough evidence to the contrary.
3) In an article, a former editor of the economic times suggested that even people at the United nations doctored reports to guard their turf and prevent their change of jobs. The same author in another article pointed out how global warmng had become a vested interest.
.4) There were a couple of programs on a prime Televsion channel which revealed how teachers used to threaten children refusing tuitions with negative marketing in exams and how doctors were in tandem with laboratories to recommend all kinds of tests which the patients did not need.
5) There are many people of the view that if the Kashmir issue had to be kept alive to sustain the Pakistani Army’s dominance and importance in that country.
6) Despite many articles appearing in the media on the subject of Judicial reform pertaining to delayed cases and buying of witnesses, commensurate corrective action is awaited.
7) The reason politicians refrain from doing good work is the penchant for Journalists running after bad news or “ 100 planes take off is no news but a plane crashing makes for good copy” Some journalists can go to any lengths to sensationalize.
8) In July, August 2002 the representation of the people’s bill against the criminalization of politics drew an enviable political consensus and was passed unanimously by the parliament. It should have aroused the kind of pandemonium that one would associate with an event like the Iraq war but the media did not highlight the issue adequately despite the fact that the ordinance was refused once by the president but returned to him without changes. God knows whether the media was sleeping or it was vested interest.
9) Take Arthur Anderson and Enron. How could the auditor’s not turn a blind eye on the frauds at Enron when their audit and other consultation compensation depended upon the powers that be in the corporate world.
10) When a panwallah was interviewed during the Babri mandir demolition in Ayodhya about his views on the Mandir- masjid issue, prompt came the reply, “ Chaahe kuch bhi bane, humare pet pe laat nahin lagni chaahiye”. ( Whatever happens, our livelihood should not be affected) This was followed by a Rikshawalla’s comment in Delhi, “ Mandir bhi banao, masjid bhi banao par sabse pahle Riksha stand banao. ( Construct both Mandir and Masjid but first construct a Riksha stand)
11) Inspite of discourses by Spiritual leader Osho and thinker J. Krishnamurthy and others to the contarary, the education system continues to stuff facts instead of detecting and determining a person’s calling or potential which is not only the literal meaning of the word Education but also practically better for wealth generation and emotional fulfillment. The so called educationists have been stumbling blocks for the introduction of computerization or lateral thinking or stalling of big donations without any justification.
12) One has also come across the obnoxious term called Spiritual professional. A relative doing voluntary work in a Jain temple commented wryly on how by cutting one’s hair, one did not automatically become a Saint. The most apt saying is “ Man will struggle for religion, write for religion, fight for religion, anything but live religion. “.
13) The renkowned industrlalist, Mr J.R.D Tata had warned Pandit Nehru to pay the IAS officers well because if policy makers became corrupt, it would be catastrophic. Mr Nehru refused to listen and the results are there for all to see.
14) In Arindham Chaudhary’s book “Count the chickens before they hatch”, a good teleserial espousing simplicity was discontinued for fear of losing ad revenues.
15) We have cases like prohibition not being implemented because of losing excise revenue of liquor Industry and ditto for Tobacco.
16) Spiritual mystic Osho has revealed time and again in his books the double standards of various religions and how priests say one thing and do exactly the opposite.
17) Vipasana meditation books have given an example of a doctor who was not happy becasue enough people were not falling sick.
18) Times of India Nov 25,2007 talks of Maoist insurgencies violently disturbing the peace in 165 of India's 602 districts and these are largely made up of unemployed young men.
19) Union health minsiter A Ramdoss on lobbying by the Tobacco Industry" ," Four chief ministers and 150 MPs have met me to tell me that they don't want anti smokinng advertisements and labelling of products. Seven chief ministers wrote to me pleading for the beedi workers and one chief minister met me three times regarding this. Are the lives of 1.1 billion people not more valuable than the livelihood of 30 lakh beedi workers from this kind of work.". This was in opposition against Ramdoss stipulating gory picture advertisements as a measure to prevent smoking.     

All this clearly shows that in practical life money rules the roost and nobody has the strength or equanimity to face up to adversity cause by loss of earning proficiency. Everybody is bound to guard their own turf and nobody wants their profession or livelihood threatened. People will go to any lengths to further and safeguard their profession and hense ensure an encounter the practical god.     

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