Meditation for PeaceGenerosity # 2The only way you can take wealth with you is by giving your wealth away in order to make merit.A Thoughtful RemindWhen we die we can not carry anything with us, not even a single needle. The only way you can take wealth with you is by giving your wealth away in order to make merit.Generosity brings benefits to those who are getting old, and have either sickness or death waiting for them. Giving away your wealth to help others is called ‘removed wealth’. It is like the owner of a house that is on fire, the wealth that he removed from the house will benefit him, but the wealth that has not been removed will be burned down by the fire.Objects Unsuitable for Giving1. Drinking alcohol and all intoxicants;2. Weapons especially when two people are in the middle of a fight;3. To give shows or entertainment;4. To give a female animal to a male animal or vice versa;5. To offer matchmaking services to find a partner for others;6. To give someone else erotic pictures.How to Get the Maximum Merit from GivingHow to Get the Maximum Merit from GivingThere are four parts of purity involved in the act of giving that we do which will bring the maximum amount of merit to us:1. Pure gift:The thing which we give must be something we have come by in an honest way or bought with money that is honestly earned.2. Pure intention:That is the intention to reduce the stinginess in your mind, or to reduce the number of defilements in the mind or cultivate your perfection of generosity and/or loving kindness. Pure intention is divided into three periods of time.- Before giving: Make sure that you come to the act of giving wholeheartedly- During the act of giving: Give with respect and a mind full of faith and without any trace of irritability.- After giving: Make sure that the mind is still joyous, not regretting what you have given away.3. Pure recipient:The more pure the person receiving our gift, the more merit we will accrue. If the recipient is a spiritual teacher, they should be someone who keeps the Vinaya12 (code of discipline), not just someone who is masquerading as a spiritual teacher. If the monk is a Saint (i.e. has no further defilements) then he is a supreme field of merit.4. Pure Giver:The giver must be pure and keep precepts so we can make the most merit possible.Lord Buddha praised generosity in many waysResults of givingGenerosity is all about peace of mind. One who always gives will always have peace in his mind. In a society that often gives to others, people will live happily because the members of the society will compassionately help each other. Furthermore, the merit from giving will be accumulated in our mind and it will powerfully attract wealth to us. The more you give and sacrifice the more power it can use to bring in wealth. But if one is stingy when giving, the power to attract wealth will lessen. Thus we find an old saying: one who gives a lot will receive a lot.Lord Buddha praised generosity in many ways, such as follows:Fools will not admire those who give.Giving wholeheartedly and faithfully,Your gift is never modest.The merit of the giver always brings progress.The giver always creates a welcoming union.The giver will be loved by all.Wise men who give happiness will receive happiness.Giving pleasant things, you will receive what is pleasant to you.“Giving food is giving strength, giving cloth is giving good complexion, giving transport is giving happiness, giving light is giving outstanding eyesight, giving shelter is giving everything, giving Dhamma is giving the ultimate knowledge.”“Giving pleasant things, you will receive what is pleasant to you.Giving excellent things, you will receive what is excellent to you.Giving good thing, you will receive what is good to you. Giving supreme things, the giver will attain a supreme status. A person who gives excellent things, good things, and supreme things, wherever he was born, will have a long life and power at this place.”The Benefits of Generosity1. Creates the origin of wealth;2. Brings happiness;3. One will be loved by all;4. Always creates a welcoming union;5. One will become attractive;6. Invites association with good people;7. Smoothly attain high social status;8. Become brave and confident in any situation;9. Receive good reputation;10.Be in the heaven realm after life.
Generosity # 2
When we die we can not carry anything with us, not even a single needle. The only way you can take wealth with you is by giving your wealth away in order to make meritDhamma Articles > Meditation Articles and Techniques > Meditation for Peace
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