The True Purpose of Giving

When I was little, my mom taught me that I need to give more to others so that God will give us more in return. I grew up with this way of thinking and hoping that the more I give, the more God will give me more in return.

I was lucky enough to be raised in a positive environment and surrounded by people from various perspective. Deep inside my heart, I have a question about the deeds people believed in, which the more we give, the more we get in return. My heart tells me that something wrong with this reason of giving. If we want to do something good by giving what we have to people who have less and expecting something in return from God or the Universe, it means that we are a trader. It does not make myself feel good giving something to someone and expecting something in return.

Then one day, I went to a talk by one sangha, and the topic for that day is the true purpose of giving. He said, “the true purpose of giving is to eradicate the roots of greed.”

One simple answer gives a crystal clear explanation of the true purpose of giving. How much is enough for us? We are an ordinary human with so many capabilities to create and receive good things in life. But, when is enough? Is there any right measurement to indicate that we have enough? Since, we always want a better house, better car, better career, a better partner, all the better things in life, there is never everlasting satisfaction we could get from the achievement that we attained. By giving, we are being disciplined to train ourselves to see and understand that for all the good things we have achieved in our life, it is not meant to be ruled by greed but it is ruled by the joy we could be shared to living things among us.

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