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On Jan 13, 2016 Jo-Ann wrote:|
Loved the story.
Giving is not about showing people that you give but giving it secretly without any exchange.
On Mar 2, 2015 Sammi wrote:|
Loved the message, beautiful.
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On Feb 27, 2015 totdemoorsing1988 wrote:|
On Feb 25, 2015 Jyoti wrote:|
Recently, Audrey mentioned Adam Grant's book Give and Take - and mentioned the idea of 'closeted givers'. I liked the idea of outing the givers - because there is a large number of givers who prefer to remain anonymous and closeted. This silence is clouding the way the world may be experienced - so lets out the givers and make it okay to give so easily that it is normal and public - like all ordinary behaviors.
On Feb 25, 2015 Sepli Bunta wrote:|
The story comparing Arjuna and Karna is perfect. I love it because it is all of us. I cannot count the times in my life that I have gotten caught in the "greatness of my giving," emphasis on "my." How perfect an example to model: giving without thought, then, moving on into the next moment. One of my personalities is "the teacher," so, too often I find myself getting absorbed in the desire of sharing my wisdom. I am in a new relationship with a woman who is so unattached to her instinctual wisdom, her words are always just her opinion with no desire to do anything other than
"utter the truth." She never tries to instruct, and because of this, she becomes, like Karna, the best giver of all of us.
On Feb 25, 2015 Kristin Pedemonti wrote:|
Beautiful story. Two thoughts: the act of giving should always be with no expectations & with no strings attached. It is important for the giver to think deeply about what is being given; is it what is truly needed by the receiver? This story illustrates this powerfully by allowing the receiver to decide what is best. The philanthropic and charitable world could learn much from this story. :)
Having just returned from presenting at a Storytelling Festival in Iran, there were countless experiences of Iranians giving from their hearts, minds and souls in ways that lifted us all up, connected us and created deep & lasting bonds. Grateful for the experience!
Hugs to all of us.
Mindful giving is giving from the heart. <3
On Feb 25, 2015 Dhan wrote:|
What is the source of the above story???
On Feb 24, 2015 Tamara wrote:|
I always say that I give because I'm selfish. I love the way it makes me feel. Now I need to practice this selfless form of giving. Thanks for sharing.
On Feb 24, 2015 Dr.Asha wrote:|
This reflection is so appropriate for me at this time as my journey of Giving to strangers is in the initial phase. Thank You.
On Feb 24, 2015 Ashok wrote:|
Very stunning example of giving. It seem to go even above the level of giving-with-no-selfish-intent. I feel very happy to read this example and be aware of such level of giving. Thanks for this post...
On Feb 24, 2015 Rajesh wrote:|
Amazing story and really struck me hard.. But had another parallel thought, have found that the ego typically comes in any act of kindness. We can usually hear people talk about the number of trees they planted or the number of people they have helped.. although there is nothing wrong in those phrases..the challenge is for the giver not to be there when the giving happens :)
On Feb 23, 2015 Sethi wrote:|
Thank you for this wonderful narrative from the epic Mahabharat , ancient Indian wisdom that has withstood the test of time . For me Giving represents just give , without any agenda of my own , from the bottom of my heart and then moving on . That is it .
On Feb 22, 2015 Jo wrote:|
God gave . . . God gives . . . And God continues to, in Love, give. As a thank you to my Father, I use His gift to pass along His gift to others. God demonstrates, perfectly, the act of giving without "strategy". God's gift begets life. "Strategies" gift begets confusion. . . Lots of strings attached.
I love, too, how God's gift cannot be "bought". It comes with the price we each put on our faith, trust, hope and relationship with Him. Too, we cannot lie re our motives to God! Thanks be! There is equity in Him. His gift is the same for all who believe.
On Feb 20, 2015 david doane wrote:|
"I only get to keep that which I am prepared to give up. In Western terms, virtue is its own reward. There is no hope of redemption in doing good in order to be saved. Only by doing good for its own sake, without seeking reward, can we attain salvation." That quote by Sheldon Kopp is a favorite of mine. When I give simply to give or in response to a need, my giving is pure. When I give with some ulterior motive such as to get something in return or inflate my ego or to make the other happy, my giving is strategic. I think I saw at a young age that giving can be pure or manipulative, and the distinction became more obvious over time. A great deal of giving is strategic, and pure non-strategic giving stands out as special. Sometimes my giving is strategic even when I think it's pure. Being mindful of my giving helps me be aware of my true motives and be aware of whether I'm giving with or without strategizing.
On Feb 19, 2015 ricky wrote:|
To begin, it is important to reflect on how personal the act of giving is, and that judgment has no place in this discussion. That said, the pressures of society on the act of acknowledging giving and elevating it to miraculous heights creates significant conflict for youngsters seeking to make a difference in this world, to make it a better place, to encourage love and support, and to celebrate day to day acts of kindness reflected in a smile that may have taken an enormous amount of courage to express. The act of giving is steeped in a philosophy of ‘do your work, share your fruits, then let go.’ The act of giving is demonstrated time and time again in the Sanskrit words for clear light and non-attachment: vairagya and aparigraha. In response to the phrases above “giving without strategizing” and “mindful giving”, there is a slight difference only in the word selection. Both concepts are born from a deep sense of encouragement and confidence. Both See full.
To begin, it is important to reflect on how personal the act of giving is, and that judgment has no place in this discussion. That said, the pressures of society on the act of acknowledging giving and elevating it to miraculous heights creates significant conflict for youngsters seeking to make a difference in this world, to make it a better place, to encourage love and support, and to celebrate day to day acts of kindness reflected in a smile that may have taken an enormous amount of courage to express. The act of giving is steeped in a philosophy of ‘do your work, share your fruits, then let go.’ The act of giving is demonstrated time and time again in the Sanskrit words for clear light and non-attachment: vairagya and aparigraha. In response to the phrases above “giving without strategizing” and “mindful giving”, there is a slight difference only in the word selection. Both concepts are born from a deep sense of encouragement and confidence. Both can be intensely felt and also taught. Both share the same focus-presence…being in the present moment. Both are readily accessible when we are ‘awake’, and when we live every moment in gratitude for the breath, for connection, for awareness, for this very moment, in love. Both are practice, not destination. Both can be expressed without money, and are available at any given moment, and impulse, with no worry or concern as to outcome, recognition, reward, award. Consider the ancient tree in the forest and the blessings it offers just for its existence: shelter and shade, place for occasional rest, interconnectedness above and below ground, roots developing new paths in solid rock, breath, cleansing, microbial interaction, support and structure for creatures great and small, bending from the external pressures of the elements and yet exhibiting an immense inner strength borne of place and time and oneness with what Is…we are this wonderful being reflecting and transforming light-becoming light-and gifting the light to others around us. This is the ancient tree’s art and dance of giving, and it is ours…
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