Thursday, 25 July 2013


Give a man a fish and you feed him a meal but teach him to fish and you feed him for life.


The above lines allow one to introspect and take a second look at the act of giving. The ongoing holy month requires a certain religious community to donate generously to the needy. Its a very noble thought and an action. If one is bestowed adequately, he has the option of sharing a part of his wealth with the lesser fortunate people.

When one gives to the other, the relationship of a giver and a taker is established. There is a wafer thin line of demarcation between help and charity. When do the two merge at what point or do they run parallel to each other?


Let us differentiate between the two ,with examples :

An old man is sick,penniless and does not have a family. The Samaritans look after his needs : feed , clothe and take care of his medical needs. It is fully justified.

A Group of Samaritans provide two square meals to a slum colony. Some of the casual labourers take advantage of free meals and choose to abstain from work.
 Are the Samaritans right in continuing the 'good' work? 

When one extends aid , alms , help or charity, it is the right of the giver to see whether it reaches the proper recipient.

An employer keeps aside a certain amount every month for contributing to the fees and school requirements of her maid's child.This act of giving will enhance the future prospects of a less fortunate individual and a family.

Help need not always be contributed in the form of financial help. A person tutoring a group of children from intelligent but poor background is doing a yeoman service.विद्या दान , श्रेष्ठ  दान. 

(Imparting  knowledge is the highest form of donation)

Help a person to pull him/her  out of his pit of difficulties and not cripple him.The act of giving should be voluntary and from the heart.

May I know your views, dear readers?

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