In this modern age of conveniences and unchecked desires, it is very easy, especially for us deluded beings living in the Dharma’s Great Decline, to become attached to our various delusions. We think in terms of wealth, how much one has and the value of their possessions, and though wealth may be a symbol of good karmic merit in previous rebirths, wealth is not a virtue, but generosity is! How much one accumulates, never amounts to how much one gives, why is this so? Even though compassion in a previous lifetime may guarantee success or wealth in this present one, if we do not show compassion in this current rebirth, all this wealth which we have accumulated will gather dust and when we die we will descend into unfortunate rebirths, or hellish realms. This is unfortunate, but it is a result of holding attachments to this world of dust, and is therefore inevitable.
Instead we should look to understanding the root of all our suffering, and subsequently this world of suffering which we inhabit. This root is our holding to delusions as true things and not illusions. When we can understand that all things in this world of dust are but a product of delusion, creating karma, creating existence, creating suffering, we can give up this world of dust, and enter into the world of gold which is the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss.
How much one accumulates
Never amounts to what one gives
In this world of quickly gathering dust
Wealth is not a virtue
but a vice within the wrong hands
Who instead of giving, hoard away
Until that dust settles on their old bones
And only numerous Hells await
Giving up this world of dust
To be reborn into the world of gold
Where Amitabha dwells with countless Bodhisattvas
Under trees adorned with splendid jewels
And even all the birds, dancing in the branches
Sing out the Pure Land Sutras