My grand father used to give free medicines in his village to poor people. Even today after 4o years if I meet any person from that village they will appreciate my grandfather for his helping nature.
Really we will feel happy when a hungry person eats food given by you and feels satisfied.That is the greatness in helping others. Giving food to a person who is really hungry is the greatest help you can do to an individual.
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Knowledge is power.
I also believe that it is incorrect to use the term 'donation' to describe the giving away of old clothes and other used items that we no longer have use for. Yes, someone else can make better use of what we do not need, but it cannot be equated with a donation.
Charitable organisations ask people to 'donate' old items because they know not many will part with new items. We don't give old items, as a gift to a newly married couple, but a charitable drive, which is expected to give us 'punya' will have us digging into the depths of our cupboards, in search of old stuff. That is the sad truth.
A similar discussion had taken place a few years back, and my view had been similar. You can check the discussion here.
"If you are killed in action, you go to Heaven. If you win, you rule this Earth (as beautiful as Heaven). That is why, O son of Kunti, take a firm resolve and fight!"-- Shrimad Bhagwad Gita
There are all sort of people in the world who make other's fool by asking monetary help. I remember once a beggar came to my house I saw his clothes were torn so I donated my old T-shirt to him as I thought that would help him but what I saw the next day that t-shirt was lying in the garbage on the road. I was upset and thought this was my fault as I could not judge that beggar. Actually, he was a professional beggar who just needed money from me which i did not.
No doubt we get a sort of a happiness when we help others and somewhere God also sees it and send some one to help us when we are in need that's my thinking.
" The two most important days in your life are the day when you are born and the day you find out why? "
– Mark Twain
"Life is easier when you enjoy what you do"