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Art of Giving

Art of Giving

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Hindu Temple of Georgia is the only Temple with 108 Shivas. Swamiji Sri Sri Selvam Siddhar is the Proud Founder of this Temple
Hindu Temple of Georgia is the only Temple with 108 Shivas. Swamiji Sri Sri Selvam Siddhar is the Proud Founder of this Temple

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Published by: Dr. Commander Selvam on Feb 23, 2009
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The Art of Giving
thought of giving 
is the creation of the
art of giving 
act of giving 
is the
art of living 
.You may be a bit skeptical, wondering what exactly you have to give. Unfortunately, inthis fastest moving world, the word ‘giving’ is so much intertwined with just financialaspect of human life. Each and every one of us has something to give everyone!Everybody has something of value for another person or community or nation or to theworld.It could be a kind word, a simple smile, some appreciation, the sharing of some specialknowledge, even a helping hand or a bit of support during a difficult emotional time.It could also mean being generous philanthropists with few billions pledged like Bill andMelinda Gates (Microsoft co-founder), Gordon and Betty Moore (Intel co-founder) andWarren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway CEO).The act of true giving is something wonderful and amazing. With most things in thisworld, there is only a limited amount of what you can give away. Fortunately, generosityand kindness are not bound to these same material limitations.“You have something to give everyone”Your act of giving doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to an exchange of presents atChristmas time or Birthdays. You can treat every person you come into contact with assomeone who you can give a gift to.A very special act of giving can be in the form of small, personal acts of kindness. Veryoften it is not money or belongings that people need, it's the things that can't be seen, suchas advice reassurance, a kind word, compliments or a smile.The most of basic law of life is “every single act of love, kindness and generosity willmultiply and return to you many times over”. The more you give, the more you get andthe more you will feel happy. The true art of giving is to give from the heart without anyexpectation of its return or results.
What you give out is what comes back in direct proportions to the feelings you havein the act of giving.
It’s very simple. If you want to experience more joy, give joy to others, if you want morelove, learn to give love, if you want attention and appreciation, and learn to giveappreciation to others. These are some of life’s most precious gifts and they don’t costyou anything.
When you meet someone, you can silently send them a blessing, wishing them happiness, joy and laughter. This kind of silent giving is very powerful. Do this exercise for the next21 consecutive days, (with no thought of return) and you will suddenly find peoplearound you opening to you in joy and happiness?Make a decision that wherever you go, to whoever you meet, to give. As long as you aregiving, you will also be receiving. The more you give, the more will flow back to you and be returned many times over. Giving creates a pattern of happiness, joy and love in your life beyond your wildest expectations.In ancient China, Lao Tsu wrote "Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness inthinking creates profoundness. Kindness in Giving Creates Love.” Many thousands of years ago a great sage in Babylon said "The reward of charity depends entirely upon theextent of the kindness in it."
Truly giving something from the heart is an action which will fill your life with joy.
Practice the art of giving in your daily life to the people around you and extend it tocommunities, organizations and to countries. Start from wherever you are with whatever you have, but with the biggest and greatest heart of kindness in it. Do not think of lack. If you focus on the lack, lack increases. The joy reduces! This is where the expression to“give whole heartedly” comes from.The intention behind your giving is the most important thing. The intention shouldalways be to create happiness for both the giver and the receiver. If you experienceresentment and a feeling of “I don’t really want to give this to this person, but I feel that Ihave to” or “I really should give them something,” this is probably what ultimately willcome back to you. Perhaps in this case, you need to consider not giving the gift at all!A gift is something that is enjoyed twice. First by the giver who enjoys the pleasure of giving something special and then also enjoyed by the person who receives the gift.How often do you expect back from the person you gave something to a gift of a similar or greater value? Is this true giving or merely an unvoiced expectation of an exchange of similar goods?Have you ever heard anyone saying “I just give and give and give until I have nothingleft”? This behavior is called self denial or self pity. This is an ego based form of giving.It is giving with an expectation of something in return. In reality, this is not giving at all but an un-vocalized form of barter. If, through the act of giving, you feel that you have“lost something or are somehow lessened” then the gift was not truly given from your heart.

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