Sunday, September 16, 2012

Only 1% of your Annual Income

Please try to spend at least 1% of your annual income for others. You may consume 99% for yourself and for your family members. You can bring smile on the wrinkled faces of many helpless old persons and elderly mothers in your society during the coming festivals season. There are many people in our society who are literally helpless. At the same time they are also old. They are unable to earn anything. If you spend some money for them from your income, it will be fruitful. You can purchase some essential commodities and distribute them during this festival season. You can purchase some sets of new garments and distribute them to the needy. Yon can feel unlimited joy as you are expanding yourself. Real happiness will come through this seva (service) as you are going to worship man as God.

This is also one of the duties of the householders. Swami Vivekananda said: ``The householder is the basis, the prop, of the whole society. He is the principal earner. The poor, the weak, the children and the women who do not work – all live upon the householder; so there must be certain duties that he has to perform, and these duties must make him feel strong to perform them, and not to make him think that he is doing things beneath his ideal.`` 1   

1. CW. 1 , page 45

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