Importance of dana(Donation)
In every religion, Dana (donation) has been considered very important. While giving charity gives freedom from attachment, the faults of life also go away.
The person who gets happiness by donating gets the infinite grace of God. Donation makes a human being superior and virtuous. Giving charity to needy people leads to amazing virtue.
In Sanatan culture, great importance of dana(donation) has been told. While glorifying charity in mythological texts, it is described as essential for both enjoyment and salvation. It has been said in the scriptures that by donating and performing charity according to one's own ability, one gets all the happiness in Ihloka(worldy life) and attains salvation in the hereafter. Therefore, in normal circumstances, human beings donate for the accomplishment of a particular work on date-festivals, pilgrimages. There are four types of effort mentioned in the mythological scriptures. Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.
Similarly, in Sanatan culture, certain rites are of great importance. One of these is charity. Three types of donors are described in the Vedas. Which is uttam( perfect), madhyama(middle) and nikristha(inferior).
Donation is such a work, through which we are not only able to follow the dharma properly but we can also overcome all the problems of our life. Donation is considered infallible for age, protection and health. To get rid of all the problems of life, charity is also important. By donating, it is easy to get relief from the suffering of the planets. According to astrology experts, different problems are overcome with the donation of different things, but without giving thought to wrong donations, you can also be harmed. Sometimes, good planets can give bad results due to wrong donations. According to astrologers, it is also written in the Vedas that one should earn with hundreds of hands and donate with thousands of hands.
The person gets satisfaction from donating. Donation is considered a work of virtue. There is a lot of importance of donation in the scriptures. It is said that by donating one gets renewable virtue. Not only this, by donating, the results of our inadvertent sins are destroyed. The importance of charity is described in the Vedas and Puranas. It is said that a person who does not have mercy in his heart cannot donate. It is said that donations should always be made directly by hand. Donations made directly by hand are considered auspicious. Regarding giving donations, astrologers say that we should use the same thing that we use. As if donating torn clothes should never be donated. You should donate clothes as you wear. Donating clothes always keeps the financial condition good. Donation should always be done by someone who uses the donated item. It is said about donating metals that the disaster caused by donating metals is averted. On the other hand, there is no lack of food in life to donate food grains. Donating unripe grains is always considered good. There are also many psychological benefits of donating. Donating brings openness in mind and thoughts. The power of attachment from charity weakens. It is said that giving up every kind of attachment and emotion starts with charity and forgiveness. Donating is sacrificing the importance and affection of the person making the donation. Donating opens many glands of mind. Donating brings immense satisfaction. Many types of defects can be eradicated by donating.
A single-handed donation returns with thousands of hands.
Everyone praises the donor. Raja Shivi, Muni Dadhichi, Karna are still immortal due to charity. Whatever you have - money, things, food, strength, intelligence, knowledge, it is the ultimate dharma, humanity or duty to give it to any other creature on his need, whether he asks for it or not . Nature is giving everything to creatures without asking for it. Even God, whether we ask or not, gives us according to our ability and need. Therefore, he also expects us to give what we have to others. There are many such incidents in the scriptures that no matter how much Yajna, chanting, penance, yoga, etc., which does not help the poor, does not get heaven or happiness. A person who does not have the feeling of charity in society or society is not called civilized. It is condemned and its downfall, because the society will be happy, unhappy, and affluent - and more cooperation will be needed. Therefore, cooperation is necessary for the survival and progress of society. At the time of donating, you should not be ego in your mind, of arrogance, to earn merit or to do favor, you should be thankful to that character that he has gratified you by instilling goodwill in you. There should be gratitude to God that he made you worthy of giving something.
Whatever items are given in charity, they should always be of the best class or at least the same as you use yourself. Low-class items should not be donated.
Always donate to the person who is deprivation and eligible. Donating to a weicked and rich person is not fruitful.
If you have to donate for the planets, then donate the same planet which is troublesome. Donating to favorable planets can put you in trouble.
Before donating to an outsider, consider whether there is any absence in your family. First arrange a dependent on yourself, then donate.
Donation is considered the simplest and best means to get rid of all the misdeeds done in life.
It is a rajsik donation given to fulfill any desire by receiving tribulation or feeling of revenge.
The charity which is given without hospitality, without taking care of the country-time-eligibility , with neglect or contempt, is tamsik charity.
In the practically also, there are mainly three emotions behind the donation. A donation is given to someone who is empowered as a scholar, ascetic public leader, philanthropist, scientist, artist etc. In this, reverence is the main one. The second type of charity is given to the poor people without power, through compassion and kindness. The third type of charity is given by the ego, to beat the donor of your charity, to buy fame, for some profit, to grow.
Now we can see what is the status of charity in our society? The excellent nature of charity is becoming very extinct and in its place a flood of rajasic, tamasic donation has come and it is not able to become a part of society in the same way as the food given to the patient of diarrhea. On the one hand, the cultivation of roses is going dry and on the other hand we are irrigating thorns, shrubs. What irony prevails in the name of charity. The truth is that there should be no feeling of donor behind charity. It is a natural duty of life. Kalidas has said.
Just as clouds take water from the earth and then rain on the earth itself, similarly the gentleman renounces whatever he receives." In society, we have collected, received from the world itself, then it has to be sacrificed for the society, for the world. Donations are such a simple basis. Then what is the right to say "I am donating.
In Vinoba's words, "Donation means not throwing away but sowing." On the surface of society, charity is a type of farming. What is given should mature and help in the progress, welfare, development of the society. The body of society should be strengthened by charity, only then it is charity. Otherwise, in the name of charity, you have to destroy your wealth, property and resources, waste them.
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