You Wore Your Wealth
King Henry VIII wore clothes with jewels set in embroidery, he made for himself. He wore his wealth all the time. King Henry VIII was no fool; he was singer, poet and a sports man. He started his own church that became the Church of England with ‘Archbishop of Canterbury’ as head of Anglican Church to place Pope of Catholic Church in his place. Henry VIII was not alone to wear wealth; all other kings and queens wore their wealth. Wearing diamond studded jewelry was common so as rubies, emeralds, and other precious stones. Kings and queens, Popes and other leaders of religious order wore wealth on them.
As depicted in scriptures, Hindu Gods wore glittering jewelry with crowns studded with diamonds and seated on throne made up of silver and gold. Deities in many Hindu temples were adorned with gold jewelry and precious stones. The idol of Lord Venketeswara or Balaji in Southern India is ornamented everyday with a different set of jewelry valued in millions worth. The amount gold jewelry received as a donation from devotees per day at this rich temple amounts to several kilos. The devotees want their beloved God to wear wealth. The amount of gold accumulated at the temple storage was so much; plans were underway to cover the entire temple, walls and everything with gold plate as it was done at the Golden Temple of Amritsar in India.
Like Catholic priests, the Hindu priests at the temple wear simple garments. But, the Christian evangelists wear wealth on them; expensive clothes and flashy jewelry. The Hindu preachers or Babas as they were called prefer to wear simple white or orange color clothes but live lavishly and prefer to sit on throne look alike seats made up of silver and gold. They shall wear their wealth like Christian evangelists; nothing sinister about it. The devotees of these Babas shall carry placards with display “We Want You to Wear Your Wealth.” The imams and ayatollahs, Hindu priests and Buddhist Monks shall wear their wealth like evangelists. No shame in that. Why appear simple and yet live lavish life. Doesn’t make sense at all.
The Rajahs’ (Kings) of India wore their wealth like their counterparts in other countries. When country became independent with parliamentary democracy, the rulers (politicians) for some reason decided to appear humble wearing only white cotton garments, more like prisoners’ uniform or people in perpetual mourning or perhaps to level with common folks but they were not poor. They live and travel lavishly like kings. Their children live like royalty in and outside the country. The women politicians in India were totally of a different breed, they don’t wear jewelry at all, not even a simple neck chain or a bracelet. Sometime, they look as if they came straight from bed to the podium. They got it all wrong; we the people want them to wear their wealth all the time. Look at the common folks; they wore their wealth, some all the time. We the voters shall start a signature campaign to demand politicians to wear their wealth all the time like kings and queens. The voters should refuse to vote for candidates that won’t wear their wealth on them.
And those folks, who were keeping their expensive jewelry in bank safety deposit boxes, bring it out and wear your wealth all the time like King Henry VIII (but don’t do what he did to his spouses.)
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