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By Snake Doctor (anonymous) | Posted April 22, 2006 at 13:52:31

Some people do charity and are anxious to see their names published in the newspapers with their photos. This is a Tamasic form of charity. This is no charity at all. That charity which advertises ceases to be charity. It is only pride and ostentation.

Below are various teachings from the Bhagavad Gita, Koran and Bible.

Do charity silently. Do not advertise. Do not boast. What your right hand does, the left hand should not know.

True charity is the desire to be useful to other without the thought of recompense or reward, but it should go abroad. You are a citizen of the world. Cultivate a generous feeling for the welfare of the whole world. It is a sin to hoard money. All wealth belongs to the people and the one who spends his money in Charity should think that the property really belongs to the Lord and thus should live happily to attain Moksha or eternal peace.

You should not advertise your charity and charitable nature.

There must not be any exaltation in your heart when people praise you for your heart when people praise you for your charitable nature. Charity must be spontaneous and unrestrained. Giving must become habitual.

It is easy to fight in the battle, but it is difficult to give a gift silently, without manifesting pride and self-glorification and with expressing to others.

Matthew 6 "Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do…”

Koran [4:38] They give money to charity only to show off…,

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