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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Financial advice from Spiritual Leaders


I'm agnostic (I can't verify whether there's God or no God), with a bias towards Oriental philosophies like Zen and Taoism.

Whenever I find people lamenting or complaining that Big Daddy should have taught us financial literacy in schools, I always have a wry smile. 

These people must be atheists!


Since I can bluff my way through Buddhism and Christianity (I even found time to learn about Orthodox Christianity during my time in Athens), let me share with you 2 snippets:


1) The Sigalovata Sutra and Buddha's advice on money.

2) Parable of the Talents - Mathew 25:14-30



For those who are believers, well, something for you to ask your shepherd this weekend!

For those who are atheists, let me remind you there were a choice during school for you to take up Business and/or Financial studies. Why didn't you?

If you are graduates, there's Graduate Diploma in Financial Management and similar post-graduate qualifications from many tertiary institutions.

And non-graduates like me, there are lots of books like Finance for non-accounting managers, or Finance for dummies, and other similar titles. What's stopping you from life long learning?




P.S.  Muslim and Hindu friends out there, if you can share a snippet from your faith on money management in the comments section, that would be very much appreciated!

I know the Koran must have; if not there would not be Shariah compliant investment funds.

8 comments:

  1. 诗仙poem diety counts?
    李白“千金散尽还复来”
    After I blow a thousand gold, it will still return.

    Like that can?

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    1. Return in the form of ashes?

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    2. Sillyinvestor,

      Wow! That's even better!

      Literature is tonic to the soul ;)

      天生我材必有用,千金散尽还复来。

      This is very true. Once we have a skill that's in demand, we don't have to fear going penniless. I can always go back to "koyok" selling.

      That's why we have to be clear what we want - fishing skill or fish?


      As a man of leisure and a grasshopper, my favourite line is the one just above yours:

      人生得意须尽欢,莫使金樽空对月。

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    3. Frugal Daddy,

      No, don't return. We scatter the ashes into the wind or sea ;)


      Ash to ash; dust to dust.

      We are nothing but poor actors,

      who struts and frets our time on stage,

      and then is heard no more...

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  2. Arr.... SMOL, u are good, still remember the lines at the back of your hand.

    Although very limited in my exposure, but with Li, we will think of 杜,诗圣,poem sage. He and Li is like the Ying and yang instyle.

    He also mentioned about gold.

    烽火连三月,家书抵万金

    In times of hardship, a letter from a family is worth more than 10000 gold.

    Now, when time is hard, we turn to money to solve our problem. How ironic ?

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    1. Sillyinvestor,

      It's humbling to know that people 500, 1000, 2000 years ago face similar issues, problems, and challenges as us today...

      Technology has changed; human nature has not changed much for the past 5000 years.

      The day we stop thinking ourselves as the centre of universe, the lighter and more carefree our lives will be!

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