Producing More Than What We Consume

March 19, 2018

Sowmya Gopal
May 28, 2018 · 2 min read
  • Tapa is most often translated as austerity yet a more accurate interpretation would be investing — if one is dedicated to virtues, service, God then one invests in developing their body-mind-intellect to transcend their body-mind-intellect
  • Dana is most often translated as charity yet a more accurate interpretation would be supporting — if one has invested in their self they begin to see the Self in all nearby, in all faraway
  • Our entire lives we have been taking from our family, society, Divinity, knowing which supporting the same is our responsibility — to have the presence of mind to give without being reminded, without being asked, without being forced is a catalyst to living without conditions
  • Our efforts to earn resources creates harm (i.e. to our environment, to our competitors, to our family, etc.) and by supporting the needy with the same resources we create harmony — being supportive encourages the virtues aparigraha (non-materialistic), araga (non-attachment) and anahankara (non-doership) within and without
  • Our resources have come from God, actually are God’s, knowing which one should never give typically (tamasik dana), one should never give calculatingly (rajasik dana) — according to Vedik Culture 1/3 of our earnings should be utilized today for maintenance, 1/3 of our earnings should be utilized tomorrow for growth and 1/3 of our earnings should be utilized for supporting noble causes

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Sowmya Gopal

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