09/03/2011 Comments Off on Charity

Charity defined: 1. generous actions or donations to aid the poor, ill, or helpless. 2. something given to a person or persons in need; alms. Charity – Encarta Dictionary ~money, materials, or help voluntarily given to people in need ~the willingness to judge people in a tolerant or favorable way ~the impartial love of other people, especially as a Christian virtue. [12th century. Via French charité< Latincaritas< carus “dear”]


Christianity Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:41-44, New International Version

Sikhism:  He who earns by his own exertions, and gives something out of his earnings in charity, Nanak, has found the way to the Lord. GURU I, SARANG RAG

Hinduism He that does everything for Me, whose supreme object I am, who worships Me, being free from attachment and without hatred to any creature, this man, Arjuna!, comes to Me. Bhagavad Gita 11.55

Hinduism Vritha vrishtih samudreshu vritha tripteshu bhojanam vritha danam dhanadhyeshu vritha deepo diwapi cha. Rain which falls upon the sea is useless; so is food for one who is satiated; in vain is a gift for one who is wealthy; and a burning lamp during the daytime is useless. Chanakya Niti



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