Secrets of Holistic Living: Charity

Jul 01, 2018

All householders in all faiths have an obligation to part with a definite portion of earning for helping the orphans, poor people, education, medical relief, spiritual activities etc.

The percentage varies from 5 to 25% of the income. Whereas 25% is the maximum, 5 to 10% is very common.

Isha - Upanishad mentions that all earning must be used after first giving away the part. Bhagwad-Gita says that he is a thief who does not give charity and uses everything he earns for his personal use. Dada Bhagawan says that any monetary wealth does not last for more than a time-cycle of eleven years, it is bound to reshuffle and change possession anyway even if one clings too tight to money by not yielding to opportunity for charity. He says charity is an investment in the safest bank (nature) with highest interest, hence is bound to return to the origin in one way or the other.

As far as possible, this should be done in such a way that it is not publicized. It may really not be high secret but not to be broadcast.

A man who does not use part of the income for charity does considerable harm to himself. Flow of divine guidance within him gets blocked gradually and he tends to indulgence in addictions, drink, amour and other derelictions. He starts losing wealth by way of family sickness, quarrels, litigations, falling victim of cheating etc.

In modern times, it is seen that uncharitable businessmen lose wealth by staff unrest, labour strikes, lockouts, recession and many other unforeseen calamities.

Charity makes a man pure, benevolent and virtuous. Divine energy starts flowing into his internal system.

Charity, which is given for name & fame although being good, leads to arrogance. It is in a way better than no charity yet quite inferior to charity without seeking name and fame.

It is very difficult to remain charitable and humble at the same time but it is possible to move in that direction with conscious effort. Charity is repayment of debt to the nature who provides us air and water - two most important elements as an act of charity. Only aim of charity should be self-purification.

Bible mentions that let your left hand not know what your right hand does - as the law of charity. Over and above the charity of money, benevolence and kindness to our staff, workers etc. is also considered as charity.

When we give charity, we should not think of hundreds of poor people whom we are unable to help. This is a useless exercise and leads to a point of no-return. We are not the only people in the world to do charity. Nature keeps on producing hundreds of needy people and enough rich to make up the balance.

Highest charity is to teach and make people practice benevolence, spirituality, self-knowledge etc. There are a few people capable to undertake the task of imparting the virtues of benevolence, universal brotherhood and spiritual elevation.

Guiding people on the spiritual path, setting up of ashrams and meditation centres etc. are also acts of subtle charity although they are dependent upon gross charity.

Saint Poet Tulsidasji has composed a popular couplet which when translated in English reads like this: 'Oh Tulsi, river water does not decrease because of drinking by Birds'; in a similar fashion wealth does not decrease because it is given as charity; on the contrary it increases by divine help.

Charity should not be done through emotion or impulse but with a conscious feeling of oneness. Nor we should ask others to contribute towards a noble cause if it leads to reciprocal liability for us.

Silent charity is a short cut to prosperity by activating divine forces to work for us.

Dada Bhagawan says ‘Man is a Guest of Nature’. Storing money with a distrust of nature is opposite of charity.

Charity without calculation is extravagance.

Charity has the inbuilt component of the graceful acceptance of the world ‘as it is’.

Book excerpt from "Secrets of Holistic Living" by Shri Jayantilal Shah
Published by:
Vasant U. Patel, President
Vitrag Vignan Charitable Research Foundation