Srimad Bhagavatam tells that even if one conquers the entire universe one cannot be satisfied or free from anxiety unless one controls one’s own mind and senses. So this is real wealth. True wealth from a realistic spiritual prospective is not what we accumulate – fame, power, wealth, skills, longevity of physical life. All of these things we strive for thinking they will give us happiness.

Real wealth is happiness that is not subjected to the ever changing conditions of this world. Because whoever we are, whatever position we may hold, this world is full of uncertainties – honor, dishonor, pleasure, pain, happiness, distress, health, disease, fame and infamy, the birth and death of love ones. Often times these dualities are out of our control.

So real happiness is transcendental to all of the changes in this world and we must deal with the things of this world from the prospective of service, rather than from the prospective of being the enjoyer because of the lack of fulfillment inside. – Radhanath Swami