The Supreme Act of Soul Searching – Charity

Nothing gives more satisfaction to your soul searching than philanthropy. You get an elevated feeling – seldom achieved by any other act. In this divine act no strings of selfishness are attached. The joy of giving is the greatest joy mankind has struggled to achieve in its history of metamorphosis.

Though this supreme act, like every act of virtue is disturbed by what you call the Satan’s interruption, man has never stopped in his philanthropic acts of giving charity and helping the needy always overpowering greed and selfishness defying satanic overpowering.

To enjoy this bliss of giving we should steer totally away from the craze of possessive self. We have to inspire our selves to be charitable. Some religions of the world mandate ten percent of their earnings to be given to the needy irrespective of their color, caste, or religion.

Let us see how we can inspire ourselves.

Involvement more vital than Money

Philanthropy is your urge to make this world a better place to live by getting yourselves involved investing your care, love, and savings. You don’t have to be rich for this.

Suppose your passion is to educate poor girls who are unable to afford their education, try to find out what others are doing to achieve this task. Become a part of their strategy. You have fulfilled the first condition: that of your involvement.

Once this is done chart out how you should donate for this cause. Should this be through some foundation, trust or at personal level. Find out what gives you the maximum satisfaction coupled with maximum benefit to the beneficiary.

Gather maximum information about these trusts and foundations if you decide your donation to be routed through them. Decide which is the best to meet your purpose based on your values and priorities and how these will help the beneficiaries.

Family: Super mind decisions

Make it a point to discuss all these issues with your family. Let them be a part of the decision making process. More than one mind working on any given task is a super mind. Its decisions have a greater vitality compared to your single decision.

Let your family decide the allocation of your charitable funds with, your approval, to various causes in a certain proportion keeping in mind lifetime donations, yearly donation etc. This way they can weigh the pros and cons of giving.

You and your family will prioritize the goal of the charity based on the changes that will happen because of the donation. You should consider about half a dozen areas of your passion. Why you want to gift for these passions, What is your intention and what developments your mission will set in motion.

One most important thing that you should never forget is the spot light of your mission. It should have clear cut focus like the sunlight falling on a magnifying glass. It has got the capacity to set fire any piece of paper. Your mission saying you want to treat lepers within 2 kilometers of your house irrespective of their gender, age or social status is a clear focus than to say all patients with skin ailments in USA.

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How to Inspire Generosity in Children

How do you inspire Generosity in your children today?

Are you raising a child whose demands and “I wants” have become to much? Is there anything you can do to instill generosity and giving in your child today?

While a certain self-focus and materialism is natural among young children, parents can take action to help instill the act of giving instead of getting. Simply, inspiring your children to be generous begins with you! Share of yourself – share your life, your passions, dreams, hobbies, interest’s…. Share your workplace, your time, closet, shoe’s, cooking, watering the plants, whatever you can think of to share of yourself. This is the time to connect, play and have fun. Make this time sacred. Your children are interested, at times, it may feel they are not though it is highly possible that they are secretly relishing in the attention. They will appreciate you, and they will remember these special times. Remember you are their every thing and share of yourself, first.

Be the role model for your child. During gift-giving seasons, volunteer as a family to help groups or individuals in need can help kids learn the joy of giving and sharing. Hold a turkey drive for the less fortunate and deliver the food yourself. Make it a yearly practice to save one gift from Christmas and give it away. A side benefit is that emphasis on the act of giving will also help children focus less on receiving.

A powerful place to begin relating to your child is at the dinner table. Studies have shown that dining together even if only one night a week and using this time to share, ask questions, speak about your day, week, the future – will help your children to flourish, feel valued and respected. Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as Hanukkah are ideal occasions to emphasize the spirit of philanthropy with your children. Birthdays are also a memorable way to celebrate turning a year older through volunteerism. Charitable giving and volunteering as a family extend the gift of giving of personal time as well as a loving contribution of helping hands and hearts. Your family can make a positive difference in your community when you volunteer as a team. Volunteering as a family helps strengthen family bonds, enhances communication, and sends a message to your children that you’re all in it together!

What actions will you make today?

Donate items to be sold at service organizations’ resale stores. Ask your children to go through their things and encourage them to choose well-loved items in excellent condition. Less fortunate children won’t want a cast-off in disrepair any more than your children. Parents offer different strategies to create a sense of philanthropy with their young. One plan is to have them pick 5 items they can donate. Then celebrate with them! Celebrate at the local ice cream store or picnic in the local park – celebrate their generosity and imagine with them how good they made other children feel. There are no “rules” to helping your child feel good about donating. Remember the spirit of generosity and giving starts young, and it will carry on with them.

Organize a food or clothing drive in your neighborhood or school, and have all proceeds benefit a charity. Let older children research organizations and determine where the items raised will be donated.

Involve your children, the neighbors, your community. Inspire and enroll others, make it team fun and watch the magic begin as the momentum grow.

Ask your school or childcare if they have a favorite charity or have children with needs that can be met through some generous donations. Schools often have lists of children needing school supplies; your family can help put together the needed supplies and provide them to the school to anonymously give to the child. That is a sure way to make everyone feel great about giving!

Inspiring generosity begins with you! Savor every moment that you are connecting and sharing with your child.

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Why It’s Better to Give Than to Receive

“Continually give, continually gain.” – Chinese proverb
“To whom much is given, much is expected in return” – Book of Luke

These two sentences, with simple yet profound words, contain wisdom of the ages.
Similarly, it took me an age or two to understand some sweet and simple words by Lennon and McCartney from the album, Abbey Road: “And in the end, love you take is equal to the love you make.”

Whatever goal worth attaining is worth the amount of work and effort required. What you take out is equal to what you put in.

Not surprisingly, the amount of satisfaction we gain in life is equal to the amount of our “selves” that we give away to others. Ultimately, we find that our time, talent and treasure are wasted when spent only on ourselves. When we realize that the world does not revolve around one person ( “me” ), we gain more, amazingly, than we could ever hope for on our own.

It’s not enough to just take up space on this planet. To live fully, we must live with a sense of purpose. To live with a sense of purpose, we need to feel a connection with other human beings. That connection is in giving to others. The happiness we feel when making this connection with others is what motivates our giving.

“Giving” can be as large or as small as our means allow. Giving can mean mowing a elderly friend’s lawn…or baking a batch of cookies to welcome a new neighbor. Giving can mean sharing our talents by teaching, coaching or mentoring. Giving can mean “philanthropy”, donating or fundraising for charitable causes. Everyone has something to give.

We’re conditioned to “share” almost from the day we’re born. As we grow, we’re reminded that giving and sharing is an irrefutable law of nature in that the more we give, the more we receive. The more we give, the more we experience nature’s abundance. The proof of this is evident…just ask anyone who’s put it in to practice. Seek out successful people, and you’ll see they are dedicated to serving their fellow man.

Simply put, giving to others just plain makes us feel good! And isn’t that what we’re after?

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In India, the New Rich Are Reluctant to Exercise Philanthropy

By offering two billion dollars to fund education in rural areas, a very rich Indian businessman has launched a debate on philanthropy, a practice still very rare in India in full economic expansion. Azim Premji, head of software giant Wipro, announced in December it moved further away than two billion dollars, a record amount for an individual in India. This ad has embarrassed the club’s 100 wealthiest Indians, whose wealth is equivalent to 25% of gross domestic product of the country. Large donations by wealthy individuals are commonplace in countries like the United States, but much less in emerging countries like China or India, where 450 million people live below the poverty line. Arpan Sheth, author of a study on philanthropy in India for the consulting firm Bain, however, believes that the potential for growth in this area is immense.

“Is it that people (in India) should give more, and especially the rich? Is what they can afford it? + I answer yes, absolutely + to both questions,” he says. The Indian economy is booming, has created 17 new millionaires in 2010, bringing the total to 69, according to Forbes magazine. Two Indians, Mukesh Ambani, chairman of India’s largest private group Reliance Industries and steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal are among the five richest people in the world. According Arpan Sheth, donations to charitable projects are not common in India because the accumulation of vast wealth by businessmen is a relatively recent phenomenon. “We have a history marked by poverty. So it takes a while to have enough confidence in the future and abandon part of its newly acquired wealth,” he says. Wealthy Indians also are wary of charities suspected of mismanagement, and fear that the money is wasted or misused, the consultant adds.

The study shows that bath usually takes between 50 and 100 years for a culture of philanthropy emerging in a country whose economy is producing millionaires. “Many of the new rich feel that their social status, to be on top, only needs a lot of money,” notes Arpan Sheth. The displays are grandiose spending more admired than criticized in India, where the very rich do not hesitate to drop hundreds of thousands, even millions, for a wedding.

The generous donor Azim Premji said that extravagant consumption is often the characteristic of the nouveaux riches in countries where growth takes off: “We can see in China, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. The early years People want to show they have become very rich, “says he told AFP.

In India, only 10% of funds come from charitable donations from individuals or businesses, 75% against the U.S.

The fortunes made, such as Tata Group, 142 years old, have traditionally spent their donations to improve the lives of their employees, through housing and health care. They also encourage donations to religious organizations, participate in the construction of Hindu temples and prefer places where they originate.

But according Deval Sanghavi, a former banker who advises the rich, donors are beginning to broaden their horizons and want to help countries improve their education or the health of residents.

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