One of the earlier lessons a kid is taught in many schools is about “caring and sharing”. This is also a part of our heritage. A very common prayer “तेन त्यक्तेन भुञ्जीथा” (tena tyakten bhunjitaha) talks about “giving up to gain.”
There is another way of looking at charity – it is giving back to the society.
Giving back to the society is like contribution for the God’s cause – for the humanity’s cause or for the environment’s cause, e.g. “Save the trees”, “Save the birds”, etc. One has come across several people, who allocate a part of their income for charity.
This is akin to making God as your business partner – a certain percentage of total income or a part of the profit is kept for charitable causes. There is a selfish interest. If God is your business partner, He would ensure that His share grows and that automatically results in growth of your business.
“तेन त्यक्तेन भुञ्जीथा” is a philosophy that requires supreme faith in the laws of the Universe. The basic law of the Universe asks one to put one’s duties ahead of one’s rights.
The God says in Bhagwad Gita, “कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते” (Karmanyevadhikarastay – your jurisdiction is limited only to your karma) and
“योगक्षेमंवहाम्यहम्” (Yogakshemam Vahamyamam –If you do your Karma, it is God’s duty to look after your well-being).
Give and Donate generously,
When you think you don’t have enough to give, start giving anyway. Give your time, give your energy, give your love. Show your faith in giving, make the world a better place and stay blessed forever.