Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda

Be compassionate

December 6, 2018

       "I met a beggar in the street, he asked for alms.  and I, not liking promiscuous charity, passed on and then had qualms.  I turned and sought him out but found him not.  He had passed the poorer and I am poorer too."  So do most of us iss the opportunities of relieving the poverty and suffering of our brethren.  We think we are assuring our happiness but exploitation nurtures bitterness in the heart of the oppressed and leads to a social exploitation which spreads unhappiness all round.  Hoarded wealth is a curse.  Yet man accumulates wealth and strives his utmost to obtain more.

      Our scriptures insist that we shoud produce more food and more wealth.  Yet, again, one is unable to resist the temptation to regard that as "earned" (often by exploitation) wealth as our own and to regard with suspsicion anyone who asks for a share of it.

     Gurudev suggested a way out: "Consider that you are the only trustee of the waelth that hsa been entrusted to you by God."  You are certainly not going to take it away with you when you leave this world, so why make yourself and others miserable by hoarding it?

     Put yourself in the other man's position sincerely and truly.  Be compassionate.  Turn accursed wealth into a great blessing.  Share with all.



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