The Art of Giving:
John F Kennedy’s historic words, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country” challenged every American to contribute in some way to the public good. But more relevantly it has inspired children to realize the importance of public service. By delivering a noble thought in right time and place he made those thoughts imperishable. So giving may be anything like – kind words, understanding, knowledge, humour, lift, gift, love, recommendation, affection, advise, encouragement, invitation, blood and forgiveness but the intention behind giving is the most important ingredient.
Art of giving without expectation of a return:
The intention should always be to create happiness for both the giver and the receiver. The true art in giving is to give from the heart without any expectation of a return. Some give donation to public cause only for recognition. They write their name in the thing they donate so that their generosity be known to all. But those who mater the art of giving, give out of the goodness of their hearts with selfless motive. When giving come from within it become a blessing for the giver as well as the receiver. It is very common and many say that “When I have more I will give more” and those who perceive this concept never have enough of anything to give.
Don’t give second thought for giving:
Karna in Mahabharata is well known as a great donor and most generous. Once Karna donate a thing to a needy using his left hand and an elderly man astonished to see this, as giving with left hand has been considered as unkind. Hence, the elderly man seeks clarification from Karna and Karna says that “the thing I gave is very dear to me, my mind could repel my giving, using the time of shifting the thing from my left to right hand” hence I gave it with left hand sparing no time for my mind for a second thought.
No matter what you give your intention counts:
Once Adi Sankaracharya was taking Bhiksha (alms) from a few houses, while he come across a hut and asked for bhiksha. The old lay inside the house was quite embarrassed as a poor and nothing was available in her house. Still, the old lady didn’t say ‘no’, but searched in her home something to give and finally found a half dried Amla Fruit. The old lady was so shy to offer a little fruit as alms but out of her immense devotion and unwilling to send the saint empty handed, she offered it. But, Sankaracharya could comprehend her dilemma from her face and held high esteem for her generosity. The moment Sankararacharya prayed God of wealth to bestow her with prosperity, those versus are known as Kanakadhara. And God of Wealth rained golden amla in her hut blah blah …..
The other side of darkness is illuminating light:
Nothing in this universe is single in dimension but have opposite. Like, Men-women, positive-negative, dark-light, bliss-sorrow, happy-unhappy, birth-death etc. etc. If it so, how can giving can be without any opposite effect. When we give we make our selves deserving and entitled to receive, it is universal law. Though you are giving a little if you feel immense joy in giving, it automatically multiple your deserving for receiving. But those who don’t share their wealth when they have enough, lose their deserving and universe never give heed to their demand when they go empty.
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