Every human being not only receives, but also gives.
We often hear about the give and take policy. If you note this carefully you will notice that
the act of giving precedes the act of taking.
Also in the famous tamil poem, which is a prayer to Lord Ganesha, "Paalum Theli Thaenum"
the devotee tells the Lord that he would offer Milk, honey, paagu and pulse (four items) and
asks the Lord to give him (the devotee) Sangathtamizh moondru (Prose, poetry and drama).
So, what do we understand from this? We have to give something more that what we receive.
Giving could be in the form of anything. Love and affection, gifts, alms, or even something
that is due to be given to someone.
Also when giving, the left hand should not know what the right hand is giving!
When we turn to Matthew 6 in the Bible we come to know about giving:
6 When you do good deeds, don't try to show off. If you do, you won't get a reward from your Father
When you give to the poor, don't blow a loud horn. That's what show-offs do in the meeting places and
on the street corners, because they are always looking for praise. I can assure you that they already have their reward.
When you give to the poor, don't let anyone know about it.
Then your gift will be given in secret. Your Father knows what is done in secret, and he will reward you.
My friend Mohan of Crystopal often times when he comes out of some difficulty would say, Bhargav, some of the good deeds that we do, saves us.
Let us try to do at least one good deed a day!