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Character Building Part 2- Positive Reflection Of The Week

Character Building- The Future To A Great Life! (Part 2) – Submitted by Shahwana

The last article was all about love and kindness and non-injury. However, looking at life today we also must mould our life in other areas, if we are going to investigate a better life, a greater stability. Then life cannot be mould in one area only.

So, let’s talk today about being generous, being a person who is ready to give and share, also, a person who is ready to receive. We cannot inhale without exhaling.

“If you want to receive, you have to give. If you have not planted something, how can you harvest anything? If you have not planted negative seeds, you will not harvest negative fruits. The Law of Karma gives you the ability to create your own destiny.” – Master Choa Kok Sui

Remember the time when you were probably just a little older than a toddler, someone gave you a bar of chocolate or a packet of candies and either or both of your parents asked you to share it with others while you were just about to gobble it all up? That was a lesson of much more importance than you thought it to be. Before you were much older, you were probably taught not to take what belonged to others without their permission. These instances were when the seeds of a crucial virtue were being planted into you-the virtue of generosity and non-stealing.

While you learnt to share what was yours and not steal what was not, you were ushered into a code of conduct that would help your growth on the path of spirituality. Though the concept of “mine” and “not mine” is debatable, we are social beings and in society, we need to respect and abide by certain decorum. Moreover, it only with greater spiritual progress that we come upon the realization that we have ownership over nothing.

What You Sow Is What You Reap

Another concept linked with generosity and non-stealing is Karma. Master Choa Kok Sui has often emphasized on the importance of the golden rule that influences all aspects of your life through every incarnation. Generosity begets generosity. In the same way, when you steal, you generate negative karma which might result in you getting stolen from.

“Generosity brings good luck.” – Master Choa Kok Sui

Wealth, Prosperity & Abundance

Another interesting secret that the teachings of Master Choa Kok Sui and almost all religious teachings have tried to shed light upon, is that when you give, you receive much more! The Bible stresses on the need to tithe. When you give away 10% of your earnings, you generate good karma because of your generosity. In return for your generosity, you are blessed with abundance and prosperity. You might have realized an aspect of this if you have ever helped someone else in understanding a particular concept. When you have helped a friend prepare for an exam, has it not helped you understand the concept even better?

How To Be Rich?

This is a question that everyone wants an answer to. This does not pertain to merely physical wealth. However, since physical materialistic richness is often a concern in these times of financial turmoil and insecurity, Master Choa Kok Sui, through his teachings, have tried to help you plan your earnings practically. He insisted that of what you earn, you need to save 20%-30% after you have paid your taxes and paid your tithes. Tithing is one of the 5 pillars of Wisely investing, a part of what you save is a great idea. That will ensure the growth of your wealth. He stresses on the need to live within your means by practising moderation and non-excessiveness. You can become rich even if what you earn is not too much. All you need to know is what to do with what you get. That is where practising generosity and non-stealing helps.

Have You Stolen Something?

The question might startle you, offend you, or even make you feel guilty. Some of you may be very certain that you have never stolen anything ever. How about that movie you downloaded for free online the other day? Is your computer software original, or did you install a cheaper version? Ever taken credit for someone else’s idea? In case you have engaged in behaviours such as these, do not be alarmed or drown yourself in guilt. Guilt is a truly strong emotion that hurts your soul. The point is now that you know that these are going against the concept of non-stealing too, you can control yourself the next time.

Different Levels of Generosity & Non-stealing

You need to practice this virtue of generosity and non-stealing at many different levels. At the physical level, you can be generous by helping others out financially and at the emotional level, you need to be generous with warmth and love. You need to be a source of radiance that would motivate and refresh others. In terms of non-stealing, you need to remember that you cannot steal intellectual, financial, or physical properties. Neither can you steal nor covet someone else’s spouse or partner. Achieving mastery over the virtue of generosity and non-stealing may take years of practice and effort but it is far from impossible. Moreover, once you build your character through practising generosity and non-stealing, you will be ready to go further on your spiritual quest.

So, the message here is very clear, in order to receive, we have to give. If you want love you need to give love, if you want compassion then you have to give compassion. If you want somebody to be there for you, then we need to be there for others. It’s not always material wealth, it’s also emotional wealth, which we can share today. The world is going through a lot and many people need help. It’s not always money, it’s also affection, so remember what you want, is what you give out, there are no shortcuts to success. One must practice the deed.

Does Giving Make You Happy?

A series of studies found that neurons in the portion of the brain associated with the sense of satisfaction start firing when a person chooses to donate money. Now, these results are a fascinating reminder of the intrinsic motivation that many people share to make this world a better place.

“It’s easier to take than to give, it’s nobler to give than take. The thrill of taking lasts a day. The thrill of giving lasts a lifetime” – John Marques

“Money is not the only commodity that is fun to give. We can give time, we can give our expertise, we can give our love, or simply give a smile. What does it cost? The point is none of us can ever run out of something worthwhile to give.” – Steve Goodier

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

Sources: GLS – compassionate Objectivity by MCKS & Achieving Oneness with Higher Soul by MCKS

-An Article by Prana World

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Shahwana Khanam – Pranic Healer

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