Human beings, have, since eternity 2 pursuits; external and internal enrichment. While the external enrichment is depicted through material acquisitions of wealth and status and the internal enrichment is depicted in the attainment of self-actualization and inner peace. The following lines from the Hitopadesha summarizes our ethos
विद्या ददाति विनयं विनयाद् याति पात्रताम् ।
पात्रत्वात् धनम् आप्नोति धनाद् धर्मं ततः सुखम् ॥ ६ ॥
vidyā dadāti vinayaṃ vinayād yāti pātratām | pātratvāt dhanam āpnoti dhanād dharmaṃ tataḥ sukham || 6 ||
Hitopadesha, Verse no. 6
Literally translated as
“Knowledge brings about humility, humility shapes moral conduct and character, good conduct allows the bearer to acquire wealth which when spent fairly (in accordance with dharma) leads to eternal happiness”.
Hitopadesha, is an Indian text in the Sanskrit language consisting of fables with both animal and human characters. It is believed to be from the 12th-century, probably composed by Narayana between 800 and 950 CE