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‘Poverty is just a state of Mind’ .. says Rahul Gandhi correctly !


“Poverty is just a state of mind,” – Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was quoted as having said at a function organised by the Dalit Resource Centre (DRC) at the Gobind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute (GBPSSI) here on Monday, 6th August 2013. While the media was not invited to the event, the DRC issued a press release in the evening. “Poverty is just a state of mind. It does not mean scarcity of food, money or material things. If one possesses self-confidence then we can overcome poverty. These words were spoken by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in the one-day discourse,” said the release. According to the release, Rahul recounted how the self-confidence of a woman in Amethi increased after she joined a self-help group through the Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana, a Rae Bareli-based civil rights organisation. “Unless and until the voice of the marginalized come out from within, nothing can be done,” Rahul was quoted as saying.’ ( News article/ Photo – courtesy: Indian Express, Allahabad, 7th August 2013)

In his famous book, The Power of Positive Thinking, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale cautions people, even those experiencing severe lack in their lives, to stop fuming and fretting over the obstacles they have encountered. He encourages his readers to take control of themselves emotionally, to be peaceful, and to expect the best always ! A good attitude and un-dying faith better aligns you with the Law of Attraction and allows you to lift yourself from lack or even poverty to the financial freedom you seek. That is not to say that you should not do your part to create income streams and save, but you should not dwell on the negative.

Most likely, Rahul Gandhi has read this one and several other self-help books written by the famed author Norman Vincent Peale. Unfortunately, some of the ‘illiterate’ Indian politicians could not understand the depth of the utterance made by Rahul Gandhi. Same applies to many netizens who have wrongly christened him as ‘Pappu’ – Rahul Gandhi knows what he says in public .. I believe, he has rightly highlighted the state of mind among mass population of India, closeted in negativeness and suppressed by the situations they are in. In fact, being poor is a ‘Title’ earned and/ or retained by many in our country with pride. They proclaim often, ‘Main Gareeb hoon !’ So, what should I do ? Stop lamenting .. and Go, get or attempt to get what you think is important to you in your life.

Poverty or Abundance is not just about money. Abundance represents the success and happiness in all spheres of our lives. Money is just one aspect of abundance. You can have un-imaginable wealth, but if there is lack or feeling of suffering in other areas of your life, you will not equate having money with having peace of mind and satisfaction. I can see only one solution to get rich or remain rich. Give others more of whatever you have in excess. It could be un-conditional love, genuine affection, tender care, unique skill-set, valued education, non-judgmental compassion, or even ‘Money’ (that you cling to tightly very much). Give More, Get More !! 🙂 I know, it works ! because I do this quite successfully.

Rahul said correctly, ‘Poverty is just a state of Mind !’ Possibly he is spiritually inclined too !


About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.


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