“What I don’t get positive karma for charity?”
May 22, 2018 7:06pm CST
This is something that I read and I will like to share. Once a king in the east had build many food storage place and during a famine, he opened them up to help the victims. He felt proud and pleased of himself that he decided to send people around his kingdom to sing praise of the act. One day he met a renounced monk and invited him for a feast. During the feast, the monk thanked him for the good deed. The king was very pleased and asked if he had accumulated lots of positive karma? The monk said nope he did not accumulate any positive karma. “What? I did perform good deeds for charity and I have no positive karma? What’s wrong with you?” The monk looked at him and replied “ You did a lot of good by helping the famine victims. But you also send your men around the kingdom to praise the act. You only think about getting the rewards of good names which is why you did it.” The king was speechless and decided to change his ways. It is just like many of us here, we donated money and donated food then we post the act to the social media trying to get praises from the others. So like the king, we also not accumulating good karma cos the purpose of us doing good is to increase our social standings in the name of charity. I hope you all like this. Do let me know if you will want more of such threads. I have plenty of this to share. This will help everyone to improve our cultivation.
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If we do something then it must be selfless and without expecting any return. When giving, our mind and its thoughts does matter a lot. If we expect reward and praise then we never get any good result. In nutshell, if we do something with right hand then it must not aware by the left hand.
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I like this, CMI. It simply means, if you will help, do it privately and anonymously. Some people want credit and recognition that they have to post everywhere. There is a saying in the Bible: “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing” - Matthew 6:3.
Very common in the social media. Seeing people do a lot of things just so they can post it and brag about it in social media. it was not truly something they wanted to do. They crave the attention, the praises of people around them. Thank you for sharing this story. =)