the Art of Giving


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Art of Giving

Here is the samskR^tam wisdom verse (suhAshitam) that your first paragraph beautifully explains:

pibanti nadya: svayameva nāmbha:
svayaṁ na khādanti phalāni vṛkṣā: |
nādanti sasyaṁ khalu vārivāhā:
paropakārāya satāṁ vibhūtaya: ||

su.bhā. – sajjanapRaśaṁsā (51/170)

nadīṣu jalaṁ bhavati | parantu nadya: svayameva tat jalaṁ kadāpi na pibanti | vṛkṣeṣu phalāni bhavanti | te vṛkṣā: api svayameva tāni phalāni kadāpi na khādanti | jalavarṣaṇena sasyāni yathā samyak pravṛddhāni bhaveyu: tathā kurvanti meghā: | parantu te svena vardhitāni sasyāni svayameva na khādanti | evameva sajjanā: svasamīpe vidyamānānāṁ sampattīnām upayogaṁ svayaṁ na kurvanti | api tu paropakārārthameva tāsāṁ viniyogaṁ kurvanti | 



पिबन्ति नद्य: स्वयमेव नाम्भ:
स्वयं न खादन्ति फलानि वृक्षा: ।
नादन्ति सस्यं खलु वारिवाहा:
परोपकाराय सतां विभूतय: ॥

सु.भा. – सज्जनप्रशंसा (५१/१७०)

नदीषु जलं भवति । परन्तु नद्य: स्वयमेव तत् जलं कदापि न पिबन्ति । वृक्षेषु फलानि भवन्ति । ते वृक्षा: अपि स्वयमेव तानि फलानि कदापि न खादन्ति । जलवर्षणेन सस्यानि यथा सम्यक् प्रवृद्धानि भवेयु: तथा कुर्वन्ति मेघा: । परन्तु ते स्वेन वर्धितानि सस्यानि स्वयमेव न खादन्ति । एवमेव सज्जना: स्वसमीपे विद्यमानानां सम्पत्तीनाम् उपयोगं स्वयं न कुर्वन्ति । अपि तु परोपकारार्थमेव तासां विनियोगं कुर्वन्ति ।


There is water in the rivers, but the river never drinks its own water.  There are fruits on the trees, but those trees also never eat their own fruits. It is through rainfall that all plants and trees grow lusciously, but the clouds never eat the plants brought up by their own water.  In the same way, Virtuous People use their abundances such as wealth, knowledge, etc. not for themselvesbut for others.

പിബന്തി നദ്യ: സ്വയമേവ നാംഭ:
സ്വയം ന ഖാദന്തി ഫലാനി വൃക്ഷാ: | 
നാദന്തി സസ്യം ഖലു വാരിവാഹാ:
പരോപകാരായ സതാം വിഭൂതയ: || 
സു.ഭാ. – സജ്ജനപ്രശംസാ (51/170)
നദീഷു ജലം ഭവതി |  പരന്തു നദ്യ: സ്വയമേവ തത് ജലം കദാപി ന പിബന്തി |  വൃക്ഷേഷു ഫലാനി ഭവന്തി |  തേ വൃക്ഷാ: അപി സ്വയമേവ താനി ഫലാനി കദാപി ന ഖാദന്തി |  ജലവർഷണേന സസ്യാനി യഥാ സമ്യക് പ്രവൃദ്ധാനി ഭവേയു: തഥാ കുർവന്തി മേഘാ: |  പരന്തു തേ സ്വേന വർധിതാനി സസ്യാനി സ്വയമേവ ന ഖാദന്തി |  ഏവമേവ സജ്ജനാ: സ്വസമീപേ വിദ്യമാനാനാം സമ്പത്തീനാം ഉപയോഗം സ്വയം ന കുർവന്തി |  അപി തു പരോപകാരാർഥമേവ താസാം വിനിയോഗം കുർവന്തി |
பிப³ந்தி நத்³ய: ஸ்வயமேவ நாம்ப⁴:
ஸ்வயம்ʼ ந கா²த³ந்தி ப²லானி வ்ருʼக்ஷா: | 
நாத³ந்தி ஸஸ்யம்ʼ க²லு வாரிவாஹா:
பரோபகாராய ஸதாம்ʼ விபூ⁴தய: || 
ஸு.பா⁴. – ஸஜ்ஜனப்ரஸ²ம்ʼஸா (51/170)
நதீ³ஷு ஜலம்ʼ ப⁴வதி |  பரந்து நத்³ய: ஸ்வயமேவ தத் ஜலம்ʼ கதா³பி ந பிப³ந்தி |  வ்ருʼக்ஷேஷு ப²லானி ப⁴வந்தி |  தே வ்ருʼக்ஷா: அபி ஸ்வயமேவ தானி ப²லானி கதா³பி ந கா²த³ந்தி |  ஜலவர்ஷணேன ஸஸ்யானி யதா² ஸம்யக் ப்ரவ்ருʼத்³தா⁴னி ப⁴வேயு: ததா² குர்வந்தி மேகா⁴: |  பரந்து தே ஸ்வேன வர்தி⁴தானி ஸஸ்யானி ஸ்வயமேவ ந கா²த³ந்தி |  ஏவமேவ ஸஜ்ஜனா: ஸ்வஸமீபே வித்³யமானானாம்ʼ ஸம்பத்தீனாம் உபயோக³ம்ʼ ஸ்வயம்ʼ ந குர்வந்தி |  அபி து பரோபகாரார்த²மேவ தாஸாம்ʼ வினியோக³ம்ʼ குர்வந்தி |

 
Here is a beautiful message for most of us which I humbly believe not only as to be nice to have but how nice if we are able to practice!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Art Of Giving
 
“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…
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ANNADHAANA MAHAATMIYAM


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Annadhana Mahathmiyam
A tale goes that Once Upon a time there lived a Rich man lived, he used to perform Annadhanam/poor feeding every day. Slowly his wealth started depleting but still he continued his Annadhanam. He was on his death bed, So he called his wife and took a promise that even after his death she will continue the Annadhanam. Then the old man died and his wife continued the good work, but her teenaged son got wild started asking why she is doing Annadhanam and squandering the little wealth they had.  He asked his mother what is the Thatparya of Annadhanam. Mother advises her son to go to a forest and meet the wise sage over there and find out the things which he wants to know. Then the Boy starts his journey to the forest. 

It is afternoon and he meets a man near a mango tree. They both introduce themselves and the man in forest tells he is also going to meet the sage, But unfortunately he cannot move even a single step and he is trying to move since so many decades and he is not able to do so. He requests our boy to find out the Parihara from the sage. They were under a beautiful Mango tree which had lot of fruits. Since it was afternoon and boy was hungry. He plucks one Mango and was about to eat then his newly acquainted friend warns that these fruits are Poisonous and not to eat them. The tree felt very bad and started crying that nobody eats the fruit and like a true mother she is feeling bad that none of her child partake the fruit because it is poisonous.  She request the boy to find out the reason from sage. 

He starts walking towards the sages hermitage and the night befalls, meanwhile the boy meet’s a hunter and and hunter asks the boy to stay for night with him and then proceeds to hermits hermitage later on. Boy agrees and hunter takes to his house on top of the tree. Hunters wife chides him for bring in a guest to house and says there is only meals for two persons and place for two persons to sleep and she tells she will not sacrifice her luxury of meals and good place to sleep. Then Hunter gives the food to the boy and also asks him to sleep in the house. Hunter sleeps out side the house without having the food. But unfortunately hunter falls down and he is eaten by a tiger. 

Next day boy gets up and proceeds to the forest and he is able to reach the hermit. As the sage is a trikala Gnaani he tells to him that he cannot answer his questions, but a son born to the ruler of this Place will answer his questions and He instructs the boy to go to Ruler and tell him that the ruler is going to be blessed with a Male Child and raja asks the Boy what does he wants in return as a boon. Boy tells that once his son is born let him be brought in golden Plate and he will ask three questions to the new born. Then After ten months, the queen gives birth to a beautiful Male child. then the Child is brought to the court in a Golden plate as desired by the Boy. 

The boy tells to the Prince that he want, to get three questions clarified including the personal one, but first let the prince answer to the queries of the others first, this shows the boy is not selfish person.  First question he asks regarding the man who was unable to walk. For that prince tells that man is too learned and he has not done Vidya Dhannam to other then tells if does Dhannam, he will be able to move. 

For the second question about the Tree Prince tells that there was a rich man who was greedy and a miser and he did not give it to the needy and he has buried the wealth under the tree and since is it sinful money the fruits are becoming Poisonous, If the tree donates it to someone the fruits will become eatable. 

Then Boy asks the Prince the Mahatmiyam of Annadhanam, for that Prince asks him to see him properly, but boy says he could not recognise him, for that prince tells he is the same hunter whom he met on the way and since he did Annadhanam of his share of food he is born as a prince, and at the same time a Pig out side the palace has given birth to a piglet and it is his wife who was selfish and because of her deed in past birth she is born as Pig and by virtue of doing Annadhanam one time he attained the birth at Rajas Palace. Such is the power of Annadhanam. 

Boy thanks the Prince and proceeds back to tree he repeats what Prince has told and tree asks the boy to dig the Treasure and take it. Then he repeats to the man what Prince has told for him and immediately the man says that he will gladly accept the Boy as disciple and teaches and does Vidya Dhannam. Now the boy is a scholar and wealthy man. He goes back to his mother and continues the Annadhanam which his father did. 
 The Moral is We should distribute our Vidya,Wealth and Anna. Then only Punya will come.

 
Jabali Muni.
 
SarvE bhavanthu sukhinah sarvE santhu niraamayaah
Sarve bhadrANi pasyanthu maa kaschit duhkhabhAg bhavEt. 

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