Jai Satchitanand friends!
Have you ever felt happy while donating? Is donation all about
just giving money or things in the name of charity? Well, it's
something beyond that. So come on, let us explore how we can derive
happiness through charity.
Do you know what is charity?
According to Dadashri, "Charity means giving happiness to other
living beings, whether human or any other life form."
Are you aware that there are different types of charities
Dadashri says there are four main categories of
1. Charity of Food (Anna daan): If a stranger
comes to your home and says, "Please give me something to eat, I am
hungry," then we would say, "Sit down here. I shall give you
something to eat." That is donation of food.
2. Charity of Medicine (Aushadh daan): It is
considered to be superior to donation of food. You can pay for or
buy the medicine yourself for a person who is sick and is not
capable of paying his hospital bills.
3. Charity of Knowledge (Gnan daan): Even more
superior is the donation of knowledge. This includes printing of
good books which gives people an understanding that steers them
onto the right path leading to their spiritual progress. One who
gives this kind of donation can attain a better life form or even
4. Charity of Assurance of safety (Abhay daan):
This kind of donation entails having the intent not to hurt any
living being even to the slightest degree, and eventually embodying
this principle in one's actions too. This does not require money
and needs only purity of intent. Thus, the Lord has said this is
the most superior form of donation.
Therefore, friends let us pray every morning for five times with
the deep intent that. 'May no living being be hurt by my mind,
speech and body even to the slightest degree.'
How do we get happiness through charity?
Param Pujya Dadashri says, "Happiness begins from the moment
you do something for others. When we give happiness to others we
are bound to get happiness in reaction." It's a law of
This world is in the form of echo. There will be echoes of
whatever you do and it will return to you with interest. Therefore
if you give, you will receive.
So friends, next time when you donate something to someone don't
forget to donate it with the intent of giving happiness. If you'll
donate it with the intent of giving happiness, you too will receive
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