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CHARITY AT HOME
“Charity begins at home”. This implies enabling the “soul or self” for merger with its Origin or Supreme Self. So long as the “soul” struggles to survive in sheltered bodies of life and death; keeps on settling karmic rentals on daily basis; creates additional karmic liabilities, how can such a distressed “being” be a Charitable? When mind is polluted with fire of five perversions, sentiments of self-less service with humility and devotion cannot emerge.
Mother Threasa, an evolved soul, practised charity of compassion as a medium of Divine Mercy as attitudinal dedication and not for any public demonstration. Says Jesus “let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly”. Mystic concept of Charity is the emancipation of soul rather than temporal comforts riddled with pain and pleasures.
Commercial kindness to “Rob Peter to pay Paul” carries karmic retribution. Guru Nanak’s concept of service to mankind embodies three conditions— one’s earnings must be honest, offered with remembrance and gratitude to the Lord and those beneficiaries must utilise amenities for honest living too. Donating indiscriminately to institutions of questionable integrity or exploiters or tortures of living entities is forbidden due to severest Karmic reprisal to all participants in the string. Economising on five elements of Nature—water, earth, air, fire, ether (sky) including environmental cleanliness, frugal lifestyles are also akin to Charity.
Unfortunately visible charity of display of wealth is generally prioritized over righteousness of self. That is why such services prove to be of a limited utility. How can those who are uncharitable to their own Self prove to be charitable to others?