16976Re: [Meditation Society of America] Effortless Effort
- Feb 14, 2010sean 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 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
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 of "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 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 by being selfless you gain
the greatest benefit."
These and many similar ideas are well worth meditating about.
Peace and blessings,
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