sean tremblay <bethjams9@. ..> wrote:
> A question about charity
> Do we do it because some people need help or do we give because of it benefits us directly.Â I think intention counts for something
In the Hindu tradition, there are only 3 types
of actions /energies (Gunas):
Tamas – which is characterized such adverbs and
adjectives as darkness, doing things by rote, evil,
negativity, solely for ego reasons, dull, sluggish,
inertia, stagnation, selfish, etc.
Ragas – chasing after desires for greedy
reasons, creativeness, passion, competitiveness,
ambition, stimulation; much like Tamas but
at least there is energetic activity.
Sattva – peace, serenity, calm, selfless,
compassionate, and if we say that Tamas is dark,
Sattva is light.
In our classes, dozens of times I gave this example:
If a community decides to build a gymnasium for the
neighborhood children so they have a safe place
to play, all types of people may agree that this
is a good thing to do. But they may have different
reasons why they do contribute to this project:
The Tamasic person may give $1000 because his
family always gave to similar causes.
The Rajasic person may give $1000 but insist
the gym is named after them.
The Sattvic person would donate $1000 anonymously
just because It helps a good thing to happen.
So we can see that all the donations may be labeled
acts of charity, but come from different motivating energies.
The way to "use" the Gunas concept is to place
our Self in the Witness position and when we see
ourselves acting Tamasic or Rajasic, use the
methods you have found to be successful to kick it
up into Sattva. Meditation is excellent for Witnessing
and as a tool of transformation of energies to Sattva.
Thinking of the question oh where does Charity
originate from, I'm reminded about a bit of wisdom
that Sri Jody R once stated:
That I think was never refuted…… to paraphrase….
"All the things we do are to done to seek comfort".
Similarly, I think it was Kir Li Molari who said:
"The most selfish person is the most selfless person,
because s/he knows that be being selfless you the
These and many similar ideas are well worth meditating about.
Peace and blessings,