Charity Wrapped in Dignity……..

Charity wrapped with dignity - Dance of the Absolute

One day a lady went to the bazaar and asked an old man who was selling eggs, “How much are you selling the eggs for?”  The old seller replied to her, “Rs.5/- for one egg, Madam.”  She said to him a little arrogantly, “I will take six eggs for Rs.25/- and if you are not ready to give me then I will leave, I do not want them.”

The poor old seller replied, “Come, Madam take them at the price you want. May God bless us, and maybe this is a good beginning because I have not yet sold to anyone. Today from morning no one has come to my store and I have no other choice but to give you for Rs.25/-.”

She took the eggs and walked away feeling a little proud that she had won and got into her fancy car.  Afterwards she picked up her friend and they both went to a high-class restaurant to eat.  She had her friend sat down and ordered from the Menu what they liked.  They ate very little and left a lot of what they had ordered. Then she went to pay the bill.  The bill was around Rs.5000/- and immediately she took out the money from her purse and also said to the owner of the restaurant, “Keep the change”.

This story may seem normal to the owner of the restaurant. But it is very painful for the egg seller.  He was a poor person, hardly earned anything and also in the whole day he took such a less amount of money home. He and his family had a great difficulty to make ends meet.

The bottom line is:

Why do we always show that we have the power when we buy from the needy and the poor? And we are generous with those who do not need our generosity?  Every time a poor child comes to Jane to sell something simple, she remembered a tweet from the son of a rich man who said, ‘After every prayer my father used to buy simple goods for very expensive prices, even though he did not need them. Sometimes he used to pay more for them.  I used to get concerned by this act and I told him about it.  Then my father told me: ‘It is a charity wrapped with dignity, my son.’

Compare these two stories of social hypocrisy. The first one is disappointing and the second one is inspiring.  May we each and every one of us enlighten our vision and be kind and loving to all who come in our lives.

52 thoughts on “Charity Wrapped in Dignity……..

  1. Beautiful post depicting the general behavior of society. I feel some or other time we all fall into the character of the first story though at many times we sure do charity wrapped with dignity. Complex human behavior!

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    1. Yes Deeksha complex human behavior we all humans have. At times very generous and at times great misers too. What a life we all lead and these stories tell us what our reality is. Thank you so much dear for your kind words. Hope all is well at your end. Take care and stay safe.

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      1. Yes, it is cozy with blankets and hot cup of tea these days but somedays are gloomy with cloudy whole day and no glimpse of sun.
        I guess pollution situation is same in all cities of India. During lockdown people started talking all nice things about pollution free air and we bounced back to our true self pretty soon☹

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      2. Yes the way we all felt when the pandemic had just come but now everyone is feeling that the negativity has passed. Let us all have a great year 2020 with the blessings of God. So nice to be sleeping in blanket and to get up with hot, hot tea. Feels so good Deeksha.

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      3. Yessss… during winter tea is really wonderful. Remaining days of this year should end with the hope of better days in 2021!
        Have a safe and wonderful week ahead Kamal ☺️

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  2. What wonderful stories, Kamal. Just this morning I was watching the trash collectors pick up our trash and I stopped to say a lovingkindness meditation for him. Then I saw my neighbor run out with gift bags for the man and the driver. I thought, how kind and the man literally skipped to give a bag to the driver. What a way to spread kindness. What a reminder that I should notice and honor those who do these services for us.

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    1. Yes a nice way for you too LuAnne to come upon someone who was being kind and generous to the trash collector. Feels so nice even to say a hello or give a smile. That too is giving. Charity can come in any form. Thank you so much dear for your kind words. Love and light to you.

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  3. Thanks Kamal for the reminder.. Yes.. We have to help each other and be more Merciful with those people who work Hard to earn their living.. Great post and the image is great also.. 🌹🙏👍❤️

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  4. The first half truly tugged at my heart – just absolutely sad. I loved how you balanced this post with the next story that inspires. Charity that has a air of pride always bothers me, I love and appreciate the attitude of charity with dignity. It is actually nourishing for all involved and can send ripples of goodness around the world.

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    1. Yes absolutely true and agree totally with your valuable feedback. We all can go with the second story that had so much kindness in it and the first story showed how some of the rich people do not bother about the poor of society. Thank you so much. Take care and stay safe ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  5. Hi Kamal, I must admit that I come across people like the lady you described all the time. Even worse, some don’t even see the poor at all. My husband and I never do this. We always pay a little extra to poor people. I could never profit at a poor person’s expense.

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    1. Same here Robbie, I too have seen these high types of people coming out of their cars and be so rude with the vendors or with poor people in general and I at times feel like going and giving them a piece of advice. I too would never be like them. We are all One, no one is rich or poor. We all have to be kind and compassionate towards all. This story showed how generally people behave. Thank you so much for your kind words. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and your family, Robbie.

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  6. I tend to take after your Father, Kamal. I reach out to those in need. What a beautiful and touching story. Such is the arrogance in this world. Soon that will change, for the meek shall inherit the earth. Merry Christmas!! xo

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