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(411) The Art of Giving / …..The Suit Case (Moral Story )

Rivers do not drink their own water,

nor do tree eat their own fruit,

nor do rain clouds eat the grains reared by them.

The wealth of the noble is used solely for the benefit of others!

Even after accepting that giving is good and that one must learn to give, several

questions need to be answered.

 

The first question is:

When should one give?

 

We all know the famous incident from Mahabharat.

Yudhisthir asks a beggar seeking alms to come the next day. On this, Bhim rejoices that Yudhisthir his brother, has conquered death! For he is sure that he will be around the next day to give. Yudhisthir gets the message.

One does not know really whether one will be there tomorrow to give!

The time to give, therefore, is now.

 

The next question is:

‘How much to give?’

 

One recalls the famous incident from history.

Rana Pratap was reeling after defeat from the Moghals. He had lost his army, he had lost his wealth, and most important, he had lost hope, his will to fight. At that time, in his darkest hour, his erstwhile minister, Bhamasha, came seeking him and placed his entire fortune at the disposal of Rana Pratap. With this, Rana Pratap raised an army and lived to fight another day.

The answer to this question how much to give is:

“Give as much as one can!

The next question is:

‘What to give?’

 

It is not only money that can be given away. It could be a flower or even a smile. It is not how much one gives but how one gives that really matters. When you give a smile to a stranger that may be the only good thing received by him in days and weeks!

“You can give anything but you must give with all your heart!” 

One also needs answer to this question 

Whom to give?

 

Many times we avoid giving by finding fault with the person who is seeking. However, being judgmental and rejecting a person on the presumption that he may not be the most deserving, is not justified. 

“Give without being judgmental!”

Next we have to answer:

‘How to give?’

 

Coming to the manner of giving, one has to ensure that the receiver does not feel humiliated, nor the giver feels proud by giving. In giving, follow the advice ‘Let not your left hand know what your right hand gives? Charity without publicity and fanfare is the highest form of charity.’

‘Give quietly!’

While giving, let not the recipient feel small or humiliated. After all, what we give never really belonged to us. We come to this world with nothing and will go with nothing. The thing gifted was only with us for a temporary period. Why then take pride in giving away something which really did not belong to us?

Give with grace and with a feeling of gratitude.

“What should one feel after giving?”

 

We all know the story of Eklavya. When Dronacharya asked him for his right thumb as “Guru Dakshina, he unhesitatingly cut off the thumb and gave it to Dronacharya.

There is a little known sequel to this story.

Eklavya was asked whether he ever regretted the act of giving away his thumb. He replied, and the reply has to be believed to be true, as it was asked to him when he was dying. His reply was “Yes! I regretted this only once in my life. It was when Pandavas were coming in to kill Dronacharya who was broken hearted on the false news of death of his son, Ashwathama, and had stopped fighting. It was then that I regretted the loss of my thumb. If the thumb was there, no one could have dared hurt my Guru? The message to us is clear.

Give and never regret giving!

 

And the last question is: ‘How much should we provide for our heirs?’

 

Ask yourself ‘are we taking away from them the gift of work? – A source of happiness?

The answer is given by Warren Buffett:

“Leave your kids enough to do anything, but not enough to do nothing!”

would conclude by saying: 

Let us learn the Art of Giving,

and quoting the Saint Kabir:

 

“When the wealth in the house increases,

when water fills a boat,

throw them out (for good causes) with both hands!”

This is the wise thing to do!

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Truth is always like oil in water.  

No matter how much water you add to depress it,   it always floats on Top… 

   Thanks-  Yogesh Kanakia (From-e-mail )

 

  The Suitcase (A Moral Story )

A man died, when he realized it, he saw God coming closer with a suitcase in his hand.

– God said: Alright son its time to go.


– surprised the man responded: Now? So soon? I had a lot of plans…

– I’m sorry but its time to go.

– What do you have in that suitcase? the man asked.


– God answered: Your belongings.


– My belongings? you mean my things, my clothes, my money?


-God answered: Those things were not yours they belonged to the earth.

– Is it my memories? the man asked.


-God answered: those never belonged to you they belonged to Time

– Is it my talents?


-God answered: those were never yours they belonged to the circumstances.

– Is it my friends and family?


-God answered: I’m sorry they were never yours they belonged to the path.

– Is it my wife and son?


– God answered: They were never yours they belonged to your heart.

– Is it my body?


– God answered: that was never yours it belonged to the dust.

-Is it my soul?


God answered: No that is mine.

Full of fear, the man took the suitcase from god and opened it just to

find out the suitcase was empty.


– With a tear coming down his cheek the man said: I never had anything???


-God answered: that is correct, every moment you lived were only yours.

MORAL

Life is just a moment. a moment that belongs to you.

For this reason enjoy this time while you have it.

Don’t let anything that you think you own stop you from doing so.


-Live Now


-Live your life


– Don’t forget to be happy, that is the only thing that matters.


– Material things and everything else that you fought for stay here.


-YOU CAN’T TAKE ANYTHING

Enjoy every second you live.

Share this reflection with anyone you love or appreciate.

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 Thanks- Gopi Randery  (From e-mail )

 LIVE,LOVE LAUGH-2

 

  

3 responses to “(411) The Art of Giving / …..The Suit Case (Moral Story )

  1. Ramesh Patel March 13, 2014 at 5:34 AM

    આદરણીયશ્રી વિનોદભાઈ..સુંદર મનનીય સંકલન.આ વિચારોની વસંત ,જીવનોપયગી છે.

    રમેશ પટેલ(આકાશદીપ)

  2. pravinshastri March 12, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    દાન પ્રસિધ્ધીની ખરીદીનું માધ્યમ ન બનવું જોઈએ.

  3. pragnaju March 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    ખૂબ સુંદર વિચારો
    शुक्रिया मेरा करो-
    मैं मेरे हक्कका खा रहा हूं
    तेरे मेज पर .આપણે દાન કરીએ તેનું અભિમાન ન થાય માટે આવો શેર છે.મેં દાન કરતી વખતે દાન આપનારને પ્રણામ કરતા જોયા છે

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