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THE KING'S LESSON ON CHARITY

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Tale to Understand the Importance of Absence of Niggardliness in One's
Life!<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>







A person was advised by a holy man to gift a vegetable a day and told that
he would attain great merit by doing
so.<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




The poor man strictly followed the advice. After death, he was reborn in a
royal family and grew up to become a
king.<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




He was able to recall what he had done in his past birth. So, he continued
to gift a vegetable a
day.<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




Surprisingly, after death, he was reborn as a
beggar.<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




The man was unable to comprehend the reason and so sought the advice of the
holy man who had earlier blessed
him.<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




>From the sage, he learnt that prior to becoming a king he had been very poor
and so a gift of a vegetable a day was sufficient to give him a lot of
virtue.<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




On the other hand, as a king he was endowed with affluence. So, thereafter,
the gift of just a vegetable a day was quite insufficient to earn him merit
of any 
consequence.<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




The person realized that the extent of charity needed to earn a certain
degree of merit depends upon one's financial
status!!<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




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SPIRITUAL 
COMMENTARY<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




Maharishi Gautma has spoken of eight 'Atma Gunas' or personal qualities that
every individual should
cultivate.<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




They help a man to enjoy mental peace and happiness. They also give rise to
virtue and so their benefits are not confined to the present
life.<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>



Further, if people strive to cultivate these, the world will become a
happier 
place.<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




The seventh ordained quality is 'Absence of niggardliness'. The tendency to
hoard and not part with anything in charity is the result of
greed.<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita has spoken of desire, anger and greed as the
triple gates of hell. Hoarding will never benefit us and when we die, we
cannot take our wealth with
us.<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




Neelakanta Deekshitar has humorously advised, "If you are keen that even
after death you should not be parted with your wealth and that you should
carry it with you in a bundle on your head then give it to the
deserving".<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




Currency notes cannot be taken to the next world. On the other hand, if a
miser converts them into virtue by performing charity, he need not fear that
he will lose them after death. After all, virtuewill accompany him to the
next world.<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




The scriptures prescribe the giving of gifts to the deserving as an antidote
for greed. So, charity, apart from bringing about happiness in others,
greatly conduces to the spiritual well being of the
donor.<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




A person who loses some money feels unhappy. But he feels happy, not sad,
when he voluntarily gives the same amount to a poor student who is not in a
position to pay his examination fees. Charity can thus make not only the
donee happy but also the
donor!<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




Thus absence of Niggardliness is a supreme quality one must try to practise
for his own evolution and also to keep others around him happy as other's
blessings that comes from a true heart is a true blessing for us to have a
fulfilled and contented life at every
stage!!<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




"If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one." - Mother
Teresa.<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give
of yourself that you truly give." - Kalil
Gibran<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




"The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable
of receiving." - Albert
Einstein<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




"Do not stand on a high pedestal and take 5 cents in your hand and say,
"here, my poor man", but be grateful that the poor man is there, so by
making a gift to him you are able to help
yourself.<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




It is not the reciever that is blessed, but it is the giver. Be thankful
that you are allowed to exercise your power of benevolence and mercy in the
world, and thus become pure and perfect." -
Swami.Vivekananda.<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>




"Giving is most blessed and most acceptable when the donor remains
completely 
anonymous<http://funlok.com/index.php/story/the-king-s-lesson-on-charity.html>"
- Anonymous.




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