What is charity? Charity is to give to others that which belongs to you. When you give to charity, you experience happiness. Do you know why? Because when you let go of something that you love, you give happiness to others. For most people that one thing is money. Even if you have the slightest thought of taking away something from others, you yourself create various obstructions and difficulties in your life.
Spiritual Science places more importance on the inner intent (cause) than on the action (effect) of giving to charity. Charity done with the unity of the mind, speech and conduct receives tremendous benefits. The one who donates willingly and happily reaps more benefits than the one who donates under pressure or with the expectation of return. Your intention should be to lessen the other person’s misery, not to gain fame or fortune.
Param Pujya Dadashri has given scientific answers to many questions related to charity, such as what are the benefits of charity? What are the most valuable types of charitable donations? How many kinds of charity are there? To whom can we give? What kind of awareness should one have when they make a donation? What is anonymous charity / donation? etc.
Read on to make sure that your charitable contributions go towards a good cause!
A. Questioner: Why do people give to charity? Dadashri: One gives because he wants something in... Read More
A. Dadashri: There are four forms of charity: food (ahara-daan), medical care (aushadha-daan),... Read More
A. Questioner: So is there no place for the charity of money in these four major... Read More
A. Questioner: What do you mean by 'surplus?' Dadashri: A 'surplus' is when you give and you do... Read More
A. Worrying that your money will be used up cannot preoccupy you. Whatever money is spent is fine. The... Read More
A. A man wanted to donate money and he came to me for advice. I realized that this man had no idea... Read More
A. Questioner: For the one who is concerned only with attaining the Self, fame should have no bearing,... Read More
A. Questioner: We had visited a temple where millions of rupees were spent on a stone idol of God. The... Read More
A. Questioner: Should we give to the poor and needy or should we worship God for peace of... Read More
A. Questioner: Suppose due to merit karma, someone has accumulated hundreds of thousands of rupees,... Read More
A. Questioner: Many people say that by giving charity, one becomes a deva (celestial being). Is that... Read More