Secret of giving - Sadhguru
Today we feel we must emphasize the importance of giving in the society only because
taking is happening in large volumes and giving has become scarce. But in reality,
giving and receiving is the basis of all transactions; Existence is happening in
a constant give-and-take. Existentially, no interaction can take place without these
two – they are always in equal proportion; one can never be more or less.
However, with a little deeper perception of life one can see that there is no such
thing as giving and taking. It is just life rearranging itself constantly. If you
see everything as yours you just rearrange as necessary. In my experience, I have
felt I am giving or taking. I don’t feel guilty about using anything and I don’t
feel great about what I give.
When you realize that the essential process of life is a constant transaction, you
will realize that for an iota of offering that you make there are a trillion things
to receive all the time. Think of the forces of Existence and the zillions of creatures
working, knowingly or unknowingly within your body and outside of it to make life
possible. Everything in the Existence is somehow collaborating to keep you alive
and well. So, only a fool thinks of himself as a giver because just to be alive
is to receive in great abundance.
For a spiritual seeker, developing an attitude of devotion is actually a trick to
receive. Because when you are devout, you become receptive. If your energies are
truly receptive, the Divine has to reach out. It has no choice. If your energies
have really become an invitation to the divine, no one – not the guru, not God –
can refuse you.
Gautama Buddha once said, “When you are hungry and you still give your food
to somebody else, you become stronger. This is the eternal law”. Medical
science would tell you otherwise – “You grab somebody’s food and eat well, you
will be strong”. The whole world says so and the medical science supports
it. It is a fact in one level, but Gautama says, “When you are hungry, you give
your food away to somebody else, you become stronger. This is the eternal law”.
This is so.
People need to remember a simple fact: when you open your hands to
give, your hands are also open to receive. Just the currency may be different. The
receiving is guaranteed. To live is to give there is really no choice. Will you
give joyfully is the question.
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