Thursday, June 19, 2008

Giving in Different Traditions

I decided that today I would share some ideas from various spiritual/religious traditions about "Giving." A concept so prevalent in so many traditions is bound to be 'the truth.' All spiritual traditions in some way encourage us to give and to consider other people's wellbeing along with our own. Surely this is "TRUTH."

Christianity: It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Taoism: Extend your help without seeking reward. Give to others and do not regret or begrudge your liberality. Those who are thus are good.

Sikhism: In the minds of the generous contentment is produced.

Islam: The poor, the orphan, the captive -- feed them for the love of God alone, desiring no reward, not even thanks.

Hinduism: Bounteous is he who gives to the beggar who comes to him in want of food and feeble.

Judaism: Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.

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