Friday, December 26, 2014

[gita-talk] Daily Bhagavad Gita Message - Gita 17-20

 


||  Shree Hari  ||

Srimad Bhagavad Gita

Seventeenth Chapter

                                                           17-20

dātavyamiti yaddānaṁ dīyate'nupakāriṇe
deśe kāle ca pātre ca taddānaṁ sāttvikaṁ smṛtam

A gift,  charity which is offered with a conviction that it is one's duty to give, and is given to one from whom no return is expected, and which is given at the proper place, time and to a worthy person, is held to be Sāttvic.

Comment:

This "Sāttvic charity" is in fact 'renunciation'. This is not the type of charity about which it has been said-- "If you offer charity in one measure, it bears its fruit a thousand times", because in this there is affinity with "the reward of thousand times, while in renunciation affinity is cut asunder.

The mode of goodness (Sattvic) described in the Gītā goes towards renunciation. Therefore, the Lord has called it as 'anāmaya' (flawless) (Gītā:14/6). In 'Sattvaguṇa' affinity is renounced; in 'Rajogguṇa' affinity is established; in 'Tamoguṇa' delusion is caused.

According to the Gītā, performance of action for the welfare of others is 'Yajña' (sacrifice); to remain always cheerful is 'Tapa' (penance) and to offer the thing to a person with the conviction that 'it belongs to him', is 'Dāna' (Charity). The performance of sacrifice; penance and charity with a selfish motive is of the demoniac nature.

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