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Pandara2010-07-04 21:00:57 +0000 #1
"To be kind and loving is charity. To forget and forgive some harm done to you is charity. A kind word said to a suffering man is charity. Even a little meditation saves one from fear of death. Spiritual progress is not measured by Siddhis, or powers, but only by the depth of your bliss in meditation. " - Swami Sivananda

I am overwhelmed at the moment with organisations contacting me for financial assistance over the festive season in South Africa and even though I want to help them all, it is financially impossible for me to do so. And then I was reminded of these words by Swmiji and yes a kind word (read blessing) is just as charitable as money in the account.

Namaste,
justwannabe2010-07-04 21:02:54 +0000 #2
personally I give to no organizations. I saw a homeless man 3 weeks ago, I gave him a ride to the store and bought him food, he told me some of his story and I felt he was being honest so I gave him some money for him to stay in a shelter. Often times I will buy a book for people, because I believe through our conversations their heart has said there is a particular area to address, so I buy a book based on my observations, My aging father sits in crappy plastic chairs, so I bought him a comfortable rocking chair for his porch. My point is, what I do as far as charity is concerned is try to address specific needs and concerns for people based on my observation of their life situation. In this way I know the monetary amount is %100 percent to the person in need.

Does this mean I feel those organizations are worthless, no, I believe many kind hearted and well meaning people approach charity in the best way they seem fit. I am no one to judge right or wrong of others, this is just my preferred method

seeker
Pandara2010-07-04 21:33:21 +0000 #3
Hi Tube,

I hear what you say, problem in Africa and particularly in South Africa is there is so many needy people (you saw a homeless man 3 weeks ago, I see between 10-20 of them on a daily basis) and animals. To give individualy is just impossible, so it is beter to work through organisations who are geared to address the most needy people or animals. Anyway my prefered way of contributing.

Africa is good for practicing compassion.
justwannabe2010-07-04 22:01:37 +0000 #4
personally, if I went there I would probably fall into a state of depression when I realized how ungrateful and greedy I am.

What you speak of I have no personal insight into.

my best to you

seeker
Spirittap2010-07-04 22:02:26 +0000 #5
"It's the little things that count, because they are more spontaneous and show who you truly are." -BOL

Helping another is really helping one's self. Help yourself by doing what you can , you aren't expected to save the World.

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