It is a curse that some vices have infested our society so deep that it seems impossible to get rid of them. Gambling is one of these vices. It is a curse. Gambling started as a pastime among the kings and nobles but with the passage of time it took the form of a ruinous game.
We generally see children playing with marbles and cowries in the streets. It is the very start of gambling. The children keep on playing it as a fun, little knowledge that it can give rise to the habit of gambling later on. Young children have no idea about gain or loss but when they grow up they become aware of everything.
Some children get into this vice through playing cards. They start playing cards just to kill time. Later, they start staking the game with coins out of their pocket money. Chance gains tempt them to carry on this vice of gambling. Those who lose continue gambling in the hope of making up their losses. They take risk and make bigger stakes. So this dangerous game goes on. They get into the habit of gambling. With the passage of time, this habit goes on hardening and the casual gamblers become notorious gamblers.
Gambling is a harmful in every way. Those who wing at gambling are tempted to make larger stakes. In this way they lose the money that has gained in the earlier stakes. Nobody gains at gambling. Those who lose at gambling are real losers and are ruined. Even a gainer is a loser in the long run at gambling. It is such a ruinous game.
History is full of such instances which prove that gambling led to the ruin of great kings and emperors. It led to fierce wars that brought about destruction, miseries and sufferings to many people.
The habit of gambling among the Kauravas and Pandavas led to the Mahabharata war which brought about death and destruction to millions of people. Kauravas invited Pandavas for a game of dice. Yudhishtra played for the Pandavas and Duryodhana played for the Kauravas. Yudhishtra lost his kingdom and everything to Kauravas. They he staked all his brothers on by one and lost them. Next he staked himself and lost. Then he staked his wife Draupadi and lost her to Duryodhana in gambling. How shameful it was!
Duryodhana called Draupadi to the open court and tried to disgrace her in the presence of his courtiers. It was Lord Krishna who came to the rescue of the helpless lady and saved her honor. Later on the Pandavas were exiled for a period of thirteen years. They were denied their share of the kingdom even after the long period of exile. This led to the war of Mahabharata which was fought at Kurukshetra. The bloody war was fought for eighteen days. Many brave warriors fell fighting in the battlefield. There was a lot of death and destruction. Pandavas came out victorious. Gambling was the root cause of this great destruction.
Nala was a brave intelligent king. He was very handsome and young. He had a beautiful queen named Damayanti. He had a vast empire, but he had the bad habit of gambling. He lost his empire and everything else in gambling. He had to wander homelessly in jungles along with his beautiful queen.
Not only this the king Nala in his utter disappointed left his queen Damayanti sleeping alone in the forest and went his way. She had to face untold difficulties and troubles in the forest before she returned to her parent’s home. She suffered all the troubles only because of the bad habit of gambling of her husband.
Some people gamble on Diwali night. They attach some religious sanctity to this evil practice. On the morning following the Diwali night we find many families ruined due to gambling. Do not mislead by them. Lakshmi- the goddess of wealth does not bless a gambler. It showers its blessings on hard honest workers. Gambling cannot lead anybody to prosperity. No religion sanctions the evil of gambling in anyway.
As far as gambling is concerned, nobody has benefited from it. A person who gains at gambling is also a loser. A person who wins a stake feels encouraged. He pursues the stakes hotly expecting that he will gain more and more, but the lady luck does not favor him each time. The gainer turns out to be a loser the next time. He loses whatever he had gained in previous bets and turns out to be poorer than before. A loser is certainly a loser. You can seldom find a gambler well off.
Money is a useful thing in life, but it should be earned honestly and through hard labor. Only then we can make full use of money. It should not be earned through evil ways, because ill-got money is ill-spent too. This is the reason why money does not stay with the evil people. You can never find a thief, a gambler, a cheat or a dacoit rich. They get easy money and spend it more lavishly on wrong acts.
Excess of income also tempts a person to indulge in vice like gambling and drinking. Such vices often spell out ruin of the families.
Gambling is vice that can mislead even the most intelligent persons. It is necessary that you should guard against this evil right now. Lotteries also a form of gamble. Many families have been ruined due tot the curse of daily lotteries. Do not indulge in gambling even for a fun. Even if a friend asks you to gamble with marbles, cowries or playing cards, tell him frankly to keep it away. Advise your friend to avoid the vice and give it up once for all. Do not be tempted to indulge in the bad habit of gambling. It is a curse.
Gambling is not only a vice, it is also a crime. It is a punishable offence under the law. Had it been beneficial, the government would not have made it a punishable offence.
Gamblers do not lead an honorable life. Often gambling dens are raided by the police and gamblers are arrested. They are paraded in public places and prosecuted. The gamblers live under the shadow of guilt. The people hate them and keep them at a bay. None trusts a gambler. Nobody wants to lend something to a gambler, because he is not sure whether the gambler will be able to pay it back or not.
The gambling is a ruinous vice. Never be tempted by gamblers. Make it a point to keep gambling and gamblers at a bay. Do not be tempted by such vices. Try to lead an honest and straight0-forward life and grow to be a really good citizen of India.