It has been an act of human love and compassion that I thought would underline the act. Surprisingly...I have seen a lot of selfish motives which hide beneath the veiled act.
Let me quote a very old explanation in old English>
''Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."I am sometimes taken aback the publicity which accompanies 'charity'. I also wonder about the reason a person talks about how charitable he/she is. This automatically brings to me the thought of the people behind the organization who actually run it. They too are a part and parcel of the act but not necessarily aware of the reasons about the charity made. In some cases they could be too...but the truth remains with them.
Usually charity is spoken of in monetary terms in this man made society. I feel >>>
"Charitable giving is the act of giving money, goods or time to the unfortunate, either directly or by means of a charitable trust or other worthy cause.''
Charity shouldn't involve ''ego,publicity,returns of profit,contest,improperly earned wealth,etc...
Qualified charity is dangerous for the basic purpose. Of course it is the choice of the giver whom,where ,why,what etc... Love for humanity and brethren , compassion,humility should be
the driving force...
The experiences I am having are very frightening...NGOs have to be scrutinised , trusts have to be verified, donors have to checked out, etc.... it is so frightening...
Truth is Love
If there is Love there is charity
If there is no Truth, there is no love..
Therefore there is no charity without their coexistence..
Humans , be aware of your EGO...