The Spirit of Gift

Satish Kumar

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Awakin FeatureEl Espíritu del Regalo
--de Satish Kumar

Hemos aprendido mucho de l@s indígenas american@s, de l@s aborígenes australianos, de la gente indígena de la parte del Planeta que llamamos India (adivasis) y de los bosquimanos de la parte de la Tierra que llamamos África. Hemos sido guiad@s por Jesús, Buda, Mohammed y Mahavir. Hemos sido inspirad@s por Valmiki, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Jane Austen y otros muchos escritores. Nos hemos beneficiado de las vidas de Aung San Suu Kyi, Mahatma Gandhi, Madre Teresa, Dolores Huerta o Martin Luther King Jr. Ell@s no estaban motivad@s por la fama, la fortuna o el poder. Buda no reclamó derechos de copyright por sus enseñanzas y Shakespeare no recibió regalías por derechos de autor. Hemos sido hechizados por la música, las pinturas, la arquitectura y las artes de muchas culturas, desde tiempo inmemorial. Hemos recibido un tesoro de tradiciones como un regalo gratuito. En agradecimiento ofrecemos nuestro trabajo, nuestra creatividad, nuestras artes, nuestra agricultura y arquitectura cómo regalos para la sociedad, para las generaciones presentes y futuras.

Cuando estamos motivad@s por este espíritu, entonces el trabajo no es una carga. No es un deber. No es una responsabilidad. No somos ni siquiera los que estamos haciendo nuestro trabajo. El trabajo fluye a través de nosotr@s y no de nosotr@s. No nos apropiamos de nuestro intelecto, nuestra creatividad, nuestras habilidades. Las hemos recibido como un regalo de gracia. Las compartimos como un regalo de gracia; es como un río que sigue fluyendo. Todos los afluentes conforman el gran río. Nosotr@s somos los afluentes aportando al gran río del tiempo y de la cultura; el río de la humanidad.

Si los afluentes paran de fluir en el río, si se vuelven individualistas y egoístas, si ponen términos y condiciones antes de unirse al río, ellos se secarán y los ríos se secarán también. Para mantener los ríos fluyendo, todos los afluentes deben unirse con alegría y sin condiciones. De la misma manera, todas las artes y otras actividades creativas conforman el río de la humanidad. No hace falta que nos contengamos, no hace falta que bloqueemos el flujo. Esto es una unión incondicional. Este es el gran principio de la ofrenda (dana). Así es como la sociedad y las civilizaciones se regeneran.

Cuando escribimos un poema hacemos un regalo. Cuando pintamos un cuadro o construimos una casa bonita hacemos un regalo. Cuando cultivamos flores o cocinamos algo hacemos un regalo. Cuando todas estas actividades son realizadas como actos sagrados, nutren a la sociedad. Cuando somos desprendid@s, altruistas y actuamos sin deseo de reconocimiento o premio, cuando nuestro trabajo emerge desde un corazón puro como el de un niño, nuestras acciones son un regalo.

–Satish Kumar, en “Tu eres, entonces yo soy.”
Traducción de Joserra González

‚ÄčSemillas para reflexión: ¿Qué significa "El espíritu del regalo" para tí? ¿Podrías compartir una historia de regalos que has recibido que han hecho que tu corazón se abra y quiera expandirse? ¿Cómo desarrollamos un corazón puro que haga que el regalar ocurra sin esfuerzo?

Seed questions for reflection: What does the "spirit of a gift" mean to you? Can you share a story of gifts that you've received that make your heart swell and want to overflow? How do we develop our heart to be pure so gifting becomes effortless?

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    On Sep 3, 2012 Swamy Vigyananand wrote:
     The only thing better than 'spirit of gift', perhaps is 'gift of spirit' both metaphorical and literally! (...and good book, good read, good food, good company & good sex... etc.!)

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    On Jun 24, 2012 Pruthviraj jamdade wrote:
     Really, it's ainspirational story , only we have to concentrate while reding..SATISH you have done a good job

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    On Jun 22, 2012 Douglas wrote:
    i love this piece 

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    On Jun 22, 2012 KK wrote:
    Satish says - "When we are unselfconscious, unacquisitive, and act without desire for recognition or reward, when our work emerges from a pure heart like that of a child, our actions become a gift." - which is essentially paraphrasing what Sri Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita, one of the sacred texts of Hinduism. Now there is no copyright on that, but that said why is Satish hesitating to at least attribute that message to Sri Krishna, Bhagavad Gita and Hindusim. And to top it how he thanks everyone but Sri Krishna - is it a case of hiding the sources? And the term 'adivasis' - very funny, falling for the Aryan invasion tripe- hook, line and sinker.

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    On Jun 19, 2012 Narendra Devadas wrote:
    The greatest gift is the gift of love and acceptance. All religions have been accepted and temples built for them by the Hindus for over 2000 years.  It is interesting that , in his list of greatness, Mr: Satish  Kumar avoids mentioning Hinduism, Krishna or even the Bhagavad Gita, which emphasize universal love and tolerance instead of a local philosophy of being better than others. Hinduism is the mother of many other tolerant, non-violent  religions and philosophies.

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    On Jun 19, 2012 Megha TAnk wrote:
     One Gift I received was from an old blind man.The gift was in the form of blessings when I helped him go where he wanted to. His heart was filled with gratitude and although he didnt keep his hand on my head, his blessings spread in me by the way he held my hand. Really gratefull for being his helping hand. The sheer feeling that whatever I am doing is a gift to the universe as a whole is beautiful. One way our developing our heart to be pure enough to gift and accept gifts is by being aware of each experience. Thank YOu. :)

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    On Jun 19, 2012 blokes wrote:
     Yes, indeed. Building dams across flowing water is like setting IP rights. I always share with my high schoolers the example of Salks and Pasteur who dedicated themselves for the betterment of humanity through the sciences. Once the shift from doer to work manifesting through us happens, the "burden" of "work" drops off.

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    On Jun 19, 2012 Edit Lak wrote:
    There is nothing more to say - this says it ALL.  If in our worldly travels and our ego building exercises of our closed eye perceptions of selfless in life, if to never get ‘It’ to never understand the thing that everyone is looking for, then Satish Kumar just explained it beautifully, in-fact it is the ‘it’ the explanation, this story is the true ‘gift’, the words connecting with the soul.. I’m humbled.. Thank you

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    On Jun 19, 2012 Pratibha wrote:

    Beautifully stated!


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    On Jun 16, 2012 David Doane wrote:
     The spirit of a gift is that it is a gift, not earned or deserved.  As I see it, the process of the spirit of a gift starts with being true to myself, listening to my inner truth (which is a gift to me), allowing it, accepting it, and sharing it (which is a gift to others).  It's a process of letting the truth in me sound through me, without agenda -- at times that is dangerous and takes courage, and there are times I have done it and it has been very satisfying, such that my heart swells.  I assume we develop our heart to be pure so gifting becomes effortless by having less and less ego and by practicing giving sincerely the gift of our own truth. 

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    On Jun 15, 2012 Conrad P Pritscher wrote:
     Thanks for the opportunity to respond.  Satish must be a great person. My heart overflowed and became swollen when a poor man in a big city gave me the gift of allowing me to notice his looking for food in a 4' x 3' garbage can. He seemed to be very hungry. His gift to me was the look on his face when I gave him two dollars to buy some food.  It was truly a heartwarming experience.  It was like being in heaven.  My reward of the smile on his face was worth infinitely more than the two dollars I gave him.  This seems to come from the belief taught of all great people that it is at least as good, and probably better, to give than to receive and to console rather than seek to be consoled. Warm and kind regards to everyone.

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