The gift that keeps on giving
16 Feb, 2012
Central to our business plan for Soul Sanctuaries is a giving program called ‘Give a Little Soul a Sanctuary’. We believe that it will be the icing on the cake if somebody came to partake in one of our health programs or wellness retreats and not only helped themselves but also benefited someone in need too. A portion of each participants payment will go direct to a child in need. You’ll be able to see how children have benefited in our website widget and our Giving Reports as well as Social Media updates.
Spend a moment to recall the last time you helped someone in need, whether donating funds, time or advice. How did you feel afterwards? Pretty damn good eh. That feeling of universality and love is just like the gift that keeps on giving. Lets see what the guru’s say about this…
Buddha spoke of three levels of generosity:
(i) He called the first beggarly giving – we give the worst of what we have, what we don’t want, the leftovers. Even then, we have a lot of doubt: “Should I give it? Shouldn’t I? Next year I’ll probably have a use for it.”
(ii) The next level is friendly giving – we give what we would use for ourselves, and we give it with more spontaneity and ease, with more joy in the mind.
(iii) The highest kind of generosity is kingly giving. The mind takes delight in offering the best of what we have, giving what we value most. This is the perfection of generosity.”
The Buddha places great emphasis on generosity because of this. It’s the first step on the spiritual path, and indeed all religions teach the value of generosity. So an act of generosity can be a blessing not only for the giver and for the receiver, but can also inspire good feelings in people who see it happening. It’s contagious!
There are plenty of messages throughout all religions on how beneficial the act of giving is.
In the past we’ve witnessed people feeling guilty for their own personal wealth, but surely the more you have means the more you can help and give away?
Geshe Micheal Roach’s bestselling book The Diamond Cutter explains how money really circulates via giving and karmic seed planting. Using Tibetan wisdom and the Diamond Cutter Sutra, Geshe Micheal explains what the ‘real cause of money is.
He explains “Since the time we were kids, we’ve all heard people say things like ‘You get what you give’ or ‘What goes around comes around’ or ‘ Do unto others what you would have them do unto you’. And it feels like we’re headed the same way here, doesn’t it? If you want to get money, then you’re going to have to give some money”.
And the more you look into this concept in your business or personal life, the more practices, business set ups and giving programs you’ll find. We recently stumbled upon a Generosity Day and were totally inspired by Tom’s shoes. Thanks also to all our gurus along the way, you know who you are.
We’ll keep you posted on our giving programs and promise to post our smiles online when we give your first contributions away!
Website : http://soul-sanctuaries.com