1/23/2014

ON GIVING

“You give little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” 
                                                                                                                     -          Kahlil Gibran.

“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.”
                                                                                                                     -          Jack London.
New Testament, (Mark 12; 41-44):
“Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans.

So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them,” Assuredly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;

For they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”

An anecdote in Buddhism:
During the Lord Buddha’s visit to a certain village, the people, including the king, came to receive the precious teachings and blessing from the enlightened one. Some offered gold. Some offered silver. Many wealth and riches were offered by some. Amidst these, a poor woman – apparently a beggar – appeared, approached The Buddha and offered Him a half bitten fruit!

She apologised,” Had I known that you are coming, I would have saved whole of it.”

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