Does it seem like in recent months more and more people are asking you to share with them your possessions or your money? Does your mail box seem to be overloaded with requests from non-profits, charitable organization and political parties? Do you notice an increase in the number of people standing with their hand out in front of the super market and at stop signs? To give or not to give, that is the question.
A lot of people and organization these days are having a tough time making ends meet; churches, temples, mosques and gurdwaras, are no exceptions. I don’t know of any religion that doesn’t encourage the practice of giving. It’s one of Buddhism’s Five Precepts. Usually these are stated in the negative: no killing, no lying, no drugs or alcohol, no improper sex and no stealing, But stated in the positive they are: encouraging life, speaking the truth, consuming nourishing food and drink, treating everyone with respect, and giving generously. But who is really the giver and who is the getter?