JOY OF GIVING
As giving flows from the heart
Which is the epicenter of our spiritual upward movement
What we give creates vibrations in our consciousness
Giving gives eternal joy, so abundant
When our left hand does not know
What our right hand gives to others for fulfillment of others’ need, so pressing
This is one of the best sort of giving
Because in this giving
There is no part played by our ego
Which otherwise pesters us to make known our giving
To other members in our friend circles
For personal gains
Which is a selfish giving
There is hope for reciprocity in that giving
And not a total selfless giving
Since one part is given for grease our ego
And the other one for publicizing stunt.
How much we can give
Or how little we can give
Partly depends on our capacity to part with what we possess
And partly the empathy we generate in our heart to give
But one thing should never be forgiven
The more we give unselfishly
The more we in return get doubtlessly
This is the Law of Nature
We should never ever forget.
Our giving ought to be like a tree
Which gives everything to all living beings
Sweet fragrance of flowers it radiates
Sweet fruits for our nourishment it gives
Timber for our house construction
Lastly even wood for cremation (as in Hindu culture)
Factually it sustains us from birth to our death
Even though after suffering the pangs
Given to it by elements of nature occasionally.
Thus joy of giving is of highest dimension
Since it encompasses all other paradigms of giving – with compassion
And it is considered as highest forms of good and positive deed
That we transact to earn more points for our Karmic deeds.
JOY OF GIVING
Yesterday, one person came to our Organisation and requested for blood donation for one of his relatives; who was to be operated. He required blood transfusion on immediate emergency basis, to save his life. I was really surprised when more people came forward and volunteered for blood donation. It obviously became a sort of a movement for all our colleagues. After their blood donation, when I asked about their donation experience, all they told me that they got a huge satisfaction of giving thus proving that blood donation is one of the best investments/a noble cause one can transact towards achieving genuine happiness for ourselves. The JOY I SAW ON THEIR FACES WAS REALLY OBVIOUS which spurred me to write a blog.
TRUE GIVING ORIGINATES FROM HEART
It has been seen the compassionate traits of ours springs from our compassion – a soft feeling which originates from our heart. Giving is a benevolent Karmic deed of ours and adds to our Karma Credit score. So many people have plenty of resources but petty heart to donate. Very few people have small earnings but have large-heartedness to give what they have to meet others’ needs.
NO EXPECTATION OR RECIPROCATION
Importantly, the giving in any form should be without any expectation or reciprocation from the recipients. Also, our left hand should not know what our right hand gives. If it were so, then, it is not appropriate or right type of ‘giving’ because there is no ‘joy of giving’ attached with that.
LOOKING AFTER THE ANIMALS & BIRDS
Animals like us humans require care and protection. We humans can express ourselves when we require something but these mute ones are not able to tell us about their needs. But, without doubt, they are part of our living world. Our pets are looked after well by us but what about the stray one? All should have awareness that the animals too need protection against cold, heats, storms etc. They also constitute one part of our life as they bring us joy and hope. It is, therefore, a crying need to look after the hapless animals and birds. Especially the street dogs and cats – the ones for whom there is none to care for. When we provision for those creatures that cannot help themselves, it bestows us a heart-warming joy in giving.
GIVING IS MANIFESTED IN KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY
When we give something without expectation or reciprocity, then the vibrational energy from our consciousness is at its highest ebb. I have experienced this whenever I met somebody need, it came back to me in equal measure or in many cases even more.
In Eastern Culture and tradition, nobody can dispute the fact that the parents of the daughters bring them up, give them right education, give them adequate value system besides choosing a right groom for them for living a purposeful life and then marrying them off as per Vedic rites or with other customs and traditions. This is considered as the major donation that could be given by the parents. We have also moral imperatives to address the issue of providing succour to the girl child to grow and contribute for the growth and development of the household holistically.
VIDHYA DHAAN TO THE SPECIALLY ABLED AND GIFTED CHILDREN
It is not merely the materially we can render help to the SPECIALLY ABLED AND GIFTED CHILDREN who have one challenge or the other. Imparting skills and right type of special education so that they also excel in their lives like any other normal person. There are so many philanthropic associations rendering Yeoman’s service for the upliftment of the challenged persons. That is the best types of giving.
VIDHYA DHAN (GIVING EDUCATION)
When we provide Vidhya Dhan (imparting education) to others, means to bestow education or imparting knowledge besides providing books, stationery and other needs of those who are unable to meet the expenses because of poor family background. By imparting education, we ensure a child’s future so that he/she becomes self-sufficient while he/she grows up and more so educating a girl child tantamounts to educating an entire family since she has to look after her children after she grows up and marries.
SOME EXAMPLES OF WELL-KNOWN FOR THEIR CHARITIES IN ANCIENT INDIA
THE BENEVOLENCE OF MAHABALI
There is a mention in Bhagavat Purana. Lord Vishnu had to take incarnation as Vamana Avtara to restore the authority of Indra. Demon King Mahabali had usurped the powers of Indra by his giving/benevolence. Lord Vishnu as Vamana Avtara went to Mahabali to test the generosity of Mahabali. He wanted to have land so that for three paces. Despite the warning by Guru Shukrachara, Mahabali agreed thinking about the limitation of a foot. The Vamana enlarged his stature to gigantic proportions to stride over the three worlds (heaven to earth, earth to netherworld and for the third step, Mahabali offered his head. Vamana was very pleased and as a boon gave the boon of immortality for his benevolence. Vamana also granted him the permission to visit to his subjects every year. The festival of Onam is celebrated once every year in this context. This festival is celebrated in the honour of benevolence of king Mahabali.
DHAN VIR KARNA
It has been mentioned that Karna, the son of Kunti through Sun God was one of the prominent dhan vir (A warrior or hero known for his charities). During his lifetime, he was known for his charities that is why even during war with Pandavas, he was being protected by Dharma owing to which Arjuna’s arrows could not kill him. Seeing this, Lord Krishna went to Karna and asked for his Puniya (all the charities or all the merits attached with this) he had done in the past, which he did without thinking about the consequences of his action. After giving this, Dharma left from the spot and stopped protecting him. Thereafter Lord Krishna asked Dhanushdhari Arjuna to kill him which he did. A lesson for us humans that those who donate do not think its consequence.
RAJA HARISH CHANDER
The charities of King Harish Chandra (in Treta Yuga) are legion. He was very noble and loved his subjects much and the subjects too loved him for his generosity. His had a wife named Taramati and son Rohitashva. Once while on a hunting trip, he was instrumental in disturbing the penance of Sage Vishwamitra due to which the sage got angry for which he felt a sort of a guilt. Vishwamitra extracted a promise from Harishchandra for his Yajna. Vishwamitra asked the king for whole of his kingdom including all the possessions as a charity which he made. Vishwamitra again asked for another donation to which the Harishchandra told that he had nothing left now but promised to fulfill his promise after a month’s time.
Subsequently, he reached the holy place of Kashi where Vishwamitra was already present and asked for the fulfillment of his promise of giving him donation, as promised. As still, there was a few days left, Harichandra promised to fulfill of the promise. During this time, his son was not having food to eat. He was not able to complete his promise and was constrained to sell his wife to an old man in order to get money which he gave to Vishwamitra, as promised but he was not satisfied, he demanded more. Perforce he had to sell himself and fulfilled the promise given to the sage. He was deployed as the worker at the cremation ground. In the meanwhile his son died due to hunger. His mother came to the cremation ground but had no fee to pay for cremation. On this charity and sacrifice of highest dimension, all he deities along with Vishwamitra had immense praise for Harishchandra. Harichandra was told that it was merely to test his patience and sincerity in fulfilling the promise made.
OUR PARENTS CHARITY OR DONATIONS COULD IMPACT OUR LIFE TOO
It is also a fact what our parents do or do not do impacts the offspring as a Karmic Credit. My father in his life time always met the needs of people besides being a Hakeem (Auyrvedic) provided medicare to the villagerS without any expectations. When he died at the age of 95 years, we were not having much except goodwill and blessings of general masses to whom my father had rendered his help.
I managed my studies with the limited resources we had after the demise of my father but subsequently after training, I got meaningful employment and am having everything which is required for a honorable living. This is the result of ‘giving’ of my parents.
Summering the above:-
- What we give comes back to us – in many cases more than what we have given.
- As charity related ideas originate from our heart, it generates positive mindset.
- When we meet somebody’s need, we add to our Karmic credit.
- Fulfilling others’ need affects our consciousness and generates groundswell of goodwill for us.
- For meeting somebody’s needs, we have to sacrifice something, this sacrifice is always rewarded. The examples enunciated in the write-up give us the lesson that while we are giving, we give from our hard earned resources, even cutting our urgent needs but once promise is made to ‘give’ that promise has to be fulfilled come what may. Demon King Mahabali and King Harishchandra are the potent examples.
- Our giving should be without a feeling of reciprocity or expectation of any kind.
- The feeling of empathy, sympathy and compassion make a huge difference in our lives.