Since Karna’s armour and earrings made him invincible, Indra hatched a plan to take them away from him. Since Karna had never sent anybody emptyhanded, Indra begged him his armour and earrings. Despite knowing fully well the motive behind this request, he could not refuse. As a result, though he was defeated in battle, he won eternal fame.
In modern times, there are people like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates who donate billions of dollars for charitable causes. They are considered the best of human beings. Not only are they fortunate to posses such wealth, but they also have the heart to help others. There are many more who are in a position to help, but do not. Either they are miser or they have no idea of the benefits of being generous.
Money is one option, but there are other ways to give – theough favours, knowledge, guidance, appreciation, solace, respect, etc. But unfortunately many of us are more inclined to give pain to others. The result is the accumulation of bad deeds, which bring punishment in due course since god’s justice is unfailing. On the other hand, those who are habituated to help and serve, qualify for bigger gains in life. After all, those who are fortunate enough to possess wealth are choosen by god to do kind acts on his behalf.
One, however, has to be careful in what one gives and to whom he gives. There are well established rules for doing this. The Bhagavad Gita says, “One should give only what is worth giving and to the deserving considering the place and time”. Also, “anything given without respect or to wrong persons is not proper”.
While giving or doing favours are excellent qualities, one needs to exercise caution in doing so. First, one should not exceed one’s material, physical or mental limits.
One must also guard himself from getting attached to doing favours as there is great likelihood of becoming proud. We must remember that hod owns everything and we are only custodians of the wealth he provides.
Money has four uses – it can be utilized for the self, donated to others, misspent, and hoarded and left behind. It is up to us to choose how to use it. The first two are useful while the last two are harmful. Let us make good use of the money we have. The ones who can give are truly blessed.