On Generosity

Dear friends,

As I thank God for the many gifts that He always gives us, I feel compelled to reflect on the true meaning of generosity.

Generosity is the act of giving freely because you desire to, not with the idea of receiving a reward or gift in return. When we decide to be truthfully generous, we partake of a big consciousness that admits prosperity, abundance, and wealth to all.

Generosity is a quality that is motivated by love. It cannot be forced by requiring people to give. Generosity means to open space, to share pleasure. We make a pact with another individual’s pleasure or happiness. Generosity is the exact opposite of the word ‘envy.’ It means to be happy for others. We extend ourselves to celebrate the happiness of others. It is the antidote to the self-chosen poison called greed. It is a deeply admirable personal quality capable of being exercised by persons who have learned virtue and noble character.

Dr Kiran at Jeewan Nagar

Generosity gives rise to a feeling of freedom. It is a liberation from the fantasy that we can control the world around us. It is an essential and humble sentiment of no longer being limited to the sphere of the ego. 

Generosity enriches life, and makes us feel content with one’s share in life. 

In Luke 6:38, Jesus said, Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity. Giving is more than a responsibility, it is a privilege. The world of the generous gets larger and larger (Proverbs 11:24). It is possible to give without loving, but it is impossible to love without giving. When we give, it helps us to gain the right perspective on our possessions and gifts. Generosity is also completely devoid of prejudice. 

Dr Kiran with a slum child

What exactly generosity gives can be various things: money, possessions, time, attention, aid, encouragement, emotional availability, and more. Generosity always intends to enhance the well-being of others. It involves not simply giving in abundance, but rather giving those things that are good for others.

Scientific research demonstrates that acts of generosity result in increased levels of secretion of the hormone oxytocin in our bodies, and this results in a tremendous feeling of happiness and well-being. Therefore, when we practice generosity for the good of others, in doing so, we achieve our own true, long term good as well. Generosity is truly in people’s genuine enlightened self-interest to learn and to practice. It spreads great warmth, and attracts others towards ourselves.

Let us consider it an honour to begin each day with our hands and our hearts open, saying thank you to God for what we have as well as what we do not have. 

I send you my best wishes with great warmth and gratitude for your open hands and hearts towards Asha.

Kiran Martin

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