Charity – in the wake of a crisis

November 1, 2012

Hari Om !

Om Sri Chinmaya Satgurave Namah

The recent hurricane has brought out the need to be there for others in times of crisis.

We dedicated our Gayatri Mantra workshop to the people affected by the hurricane.

We can give in different ways depending on our proximity and circumstances and we saw some incredible feats of service during the recent hurricane.

offering a hot meal or a shower, a shelter to a family, to prayers and meditation for those suffering.

All forms of service is daan or charity. In the Bhagavad Gita Chapter 17, it is stated that most imporatnt is the feeling or values underlying the charity –

a little reflection on that is worthwhile.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 17:

Verse 20 The charity, given with a feeling that it is our duty, to a deserving recipient at an appropriate place and time, goven to one who does not oblige in return, is called satvik or noble.

Verse 21 – But that which is done with an expectation of reciprocal favors or for gains, in a hurtful or arrogant manner; such a charity is called as rajasik or self- centered and egotistical.

Verse 22 – And the charity given to the undeserving at an inappropriate place and time, without courtesy, is called tamasik or of the nature of insenstivity or darkness.

The bottom line is to observe the feeling that rises in our heart when we are giving anything or any service to others.

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