Thanks everyone for the replies.
SamKR wrote:He is not a very miserable person.
Being a billionaire still has no meaning. Why would one who follows the Buddha's teaching even want to have so much money? You can lose all the money over night. You have more responsibilities with so much money. It is distracting from what is really important.
Why would you want to be a billionaire, when you are a Sotapanna you probably give away most of the money anyway, or even become a monk and give all money away.
Ben wrote:Greetings Sam,
My priority is not to accumulate extraordinary worldly wealth.
A very rich person (who also practices Dhamma) could use his resources for Dhamma service. My fictitious person (who chooses option 1) does not only accumulate but also spends a lot for social and Dhamma services.
Isn't Anathapindika an example in the Buddha's times?
David N. Snyder wrote:
I heard Goenka say that he is happy that he was successful as a businessman because had he not been, he might have still wondered if that would have given him complete happiness. He also said that he ran a retreat for business CEOs and executives and some were billionaires. He said, "show me a billionaire and I'll show you a miserable person."
(for the record, I have not personally met Goenka-ji, these are just words I heard him say at a talk he was doing in Los Angeles several years back, that I attended.)
Financial success provides opportunities to buy many things and yes to do some charity too, but also comes with big responsibilities, stress, worries, and other problems. I remember when one financial "guru" was taken to prison for some illegal activities, he remarked, "I have been relieved of the burden of wealth."
I also heard or read somewhere about Goenka ji saying this. Sure, financial accumulation can be a source of stress, if he is not following Dhamma. But if he is following Dhamma, then he could use the resources wisely without much stress and worries, and help many people.
A purely fictitious question, and a bit silly too
. But I am curious.
Well, it's good that you see the error/uselessness in this speculation. Good for you.
Just don't be the one who needs to know the name and caste of the person who shot him and other miscellaneous information, before he'll have the arrow removed.
Thanks for suggestion, retro. But this question is not useless, I think. Of course, the assumption (that someone is guaranteed to be a sotapanna in this life) is almost impossible, but the responses to this question might help me to clear up some doubts in my mind.