Do you experience joy in giving? Do you experience contentment and a sense of pleasure when you give something to someone?
There was a monk who lived in a cave up on the mountain. One day when he was out for some work, a petty thief came to his cave and took with him all the possible possessions he could gather. As he was leaving the cave, the monk from a distance saw him and was approaching the thief. But the thief started running thinking the monk might hand him over to the police. The thief started running, and the monk ran behind him. The monk caught hold of him, handed over a vessel to him, and told the thief “You forgot this. Take this as well. You might need this. ”
What we understand from this story is that the greater pleasure lies in the art of giving than receiving, and the giver is always richer at heart. One can always see giving as an act of charity and generosity. Takers take more than they give and focus on their own needs. Matchers believe in “tit for tat,” an even exchange of favour, but the givers do not expect anything back.
Holy Scriptures and the sages emphasize a great deal on sharing and giving our possessions to our fellow human beings.
Then Jesus said to his disciples,“Truly I tell you,it is hard fora rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Mathew 19:23, 24
Joy of giving is an archaic concept, yet in the limelight today. Have you wondered why?
The world has become more and more materialistic and greedy in nature, causing the depletion of resources and parity, between the rich and the poor. This is a world where people gauge their worth by measuring their wealth. And it is high time that we must initiate a change and take viable steps to make sure that the children of the future do not absorb themselves in the worldly fame, and ephemeral possessions. It is easy to get carried away. It is easier to opt for an egotistic attitude over altruism. Every existing being is interdependent for survival and prosperity. Limiting ourselves to the fulfilment of our needs and not caring for the nature and the needy, is not an amicable fashion of living and eventually a world like that, over a period of time is certain to suffer in numerous ways. The habit of giving should be instilled in children so that they become responsible and selfless adults, sensitive to the needs of the people around them. Parents and teachers play a substantial role in the development of values and understanding of their social responsibilities. Skills like empathy, selflessness, generosity should be embedded deep within the little souls.
Some cultures follow the custom of gifting the hosts and offering something to the guests. But this custom is so much beyond courtesy, social mannerism or etiquettes. These are followed inherently in order to encourage sharing a part of what we possess, and sharing happiness amongst each other. Sharing is caring and caring is human!If we do not share what we have, we’ll get depleted of it over time. Man is called to share joy amongst fellow human beings.
We’d not restrict ourselves to the joy of sharing our physical possessions but further extend to giving our time, love, knowledge and kindness as well. If we’re rich in time, we ought to spend time with the people who are deprived of love and company. Those rich in knowledge and wisdom ought to counsel those seeking direction.
Let each one of us give whatever we have irrespective of how much we have. We ought to spread love wherever we go, bring smiles on every face we come across.
Who are you???
Are you a taker, giver or a matcher?