The Act of Giving


Solstice was such a wonderful experience for me this year. I spent a lot of time at the Dasvandh booth at the bazaar – giving away t-shirts! What fun – amidst sales and sellers – to be giving something away for free.

Giving away t-shirts may not sound like an activity to aspire to, but it was so wonderful!! The act of giving made me feel generous, prosperous, and bountiful; and it made me feel grateful and very happy. Sometimes the mundane, everyday things in life can obliterate that ecstatic feeling of generosity, prosperity and bounty – but it doesn’t have to. Giving, in any way, can bring that feeling to the surface almost immediately.

The Siri Singh Sahib says: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience”, and I think this is very true. Whatever our source of faith and spiritual joy is – a yoga set, a meditation, a hukam, or bowing to the Guru – we are all spiritual beings and the concept of tithing/giving is universal spiritual concept: we give back to Infinity 10% of what we receive.

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