Krishna says in Gita, "In the beginning, the world was created with an agreement between gods and human beings. The humans to propitiate the gods through fire rituals, and gods giving abundant wealth" ...reminds us in modern language "you scratch my back , and I will scratch your back!! " :) :) Is acquiring wealth, the purpose of life? probably not...but if that is what people want, there is a method prescribed (and not ignored)...UNLIKE the ascetic model.
Rig Veda, the oldest book in the world, begins with an invocation to Fire “Agnimeele purohitam, yajnasya devam ritvijam, hotaaram RATNA dhaatamam” ( meaning :Fire, the high priest of sacrifice, the divine, the ministrant, who is
the offerer of greatest wealth). In rituals , fire is the medium used to offer many things to gods and goddesses, in return for wealth (ratna)
God is the owner of everything. Ascetic teachers who were recluse and basically responsible for many teachings, often took a stand against money/wealth... If you are wealthy, you will be deluded and ignore God.. that was the concern.
"Be My Guest" - Free Book by Conrad Hilton. He grew up without even a reading desk, didn't have money to pay for his construction workers and he went and prayed. His book "Be my Guest" freely available if you stay there.
In Gita, 3:12, there is a verse which is often ignored by commentators:
"istan bhogan hi vo deva, dasyante yajna-bhavitah" meaning "the devas can give you the enjoyments of life, by fire rituals" or "gods can give you whatever you want so that you may enjoy those things"..
In Gita, 3:11, similar train of thought, the word "parasparam" is used to denote the mutual relationship between the human and the gods for each other's benefit.
" devaan bhaavayataanena te deva bhaavayantu vah, parasparam bhaavayantah shreyah paramavaapsyatha
Meaning: "You will make the deities prosper through this fire ritual, and the deities will make you prosper. By mutually making each other prosperous, you will attain the highest good"
Bible says " ASK, and it shall be given!'