Accent of Altruism

PhilanthropyPrograms“In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do”
~Dorothea Dix (Social Reformer, 1802-1887)

Once I step out of my home, I witness poverty. After every 2 minutes I see a beggar. I regularly witness injustice. I see scams on the T.V. I see hunger. I feel bad, what I am doing for this vast multitude of problems? Close to nothing.

You can say I am not responsible enough. But I really do not have the power to change Everything. I do what I can. I don’t do much, I do small little acts of kindness. My generation or the Generation Y is too intellectual. We have questions and too many of them. When we look at a poor, our immediate reaction is to think why that person is poor, in India, we curse the country for housing millions of poor. In some other country, we show sympathy, talk among ourselves and move on.

I say, we all should do some humanitarian work. The word ‘donate’ means to Give, with Will. Giving doesn’t always involve money, it means to give anything you can. Volunteer and give your time to the needy. Give away those old used up clothes and toys. Donate money if you are blessed enough to do so.

Why do Charity?

1. SATISFACTION- Believe me, there is no greater satisfaction than doing charity. The peace of mind you get after feeding a hungry child is boundless. You feel good about yourself, a rarity these days. Life is somehow better.

2. HELP- You are saving lives. You are helping those in need. You are giving a second life to people who are less fortunate. A glass of clean water is a life saver for some. Imagine the possibilities. Imagine the change you can bring with some efforts. You my friend are an angel to them.

3. Meet New People- When you go out and participate in relief camps and the like, you meet new people. You see what is happening around the world and you notice the extent to which others are going to help some strangers. In short, you make some awesome friends!

4. You make this world a better place to live!

What you get in return?

Nothing and if that question cropped up in your mind, don’t do charity. You never get anything in return when you help some poor people. As Martin Luther King Junior rightly puts it–

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”


Love the Magic of This picture. I know you will Love it too.

Arambol-give-tylickiIt was and it is always your choice because ‘We only have what we Give’ :)

The Call Of The Conscience

I am not perfect. I am complicated. My heroes are not perfect. We are all broken in one way or another and that is exactly why we need each other. My weakness is someone else’s strength.

Yet, we are too often our own worst enemy. We have a peculiar tendency to judge everyone and especially our leaders, to say and to act according to what our conscience is screaming, but without the contemplation that could bring the roar to the measured whisper it needs to be. We are not perfect, and we are not entirely evil. We are human.

And our leaders, to hold on to their power, too often forget to admit their own limitations, that the world is less than complicated, that we all see feebly and that we need each other. Do we even permit our leaders to admit their own limitations?  Or is genuine humility something that disqualifies a leader today?

We must all die to ourselves to live. Before the leaves uncoil under the sun, before the life-giving roots are spun in darkness, the seed must be buried in the soil and die. There is life and light that comes only through loss. The seed’s renewing death is something we must accept to live as individuals and as a society.

I would like to believe that we more often than not do what we think is best for ‘others’.  Even though humanity is facing threats more severe than ever before, there are abundant examples of people who at great personal risk inspire hope, solutions, sanity. They demonstrate by both their lives and their words the existence of love and generosity.

In India today I have been encouraged by and have participated in the revolutionary swell of people protesting the abuse of women’s rights, personal safety and dignity.  Men and women alike are more aware than ever before of these issues and it is heartening to see such resounding support, albeit following a demented murder too horrible to describe here.

Nevertheless, as outraged as we all are, we need to keep from simplistically dividing the world between the oppressed and the oppressors, the good and the evil, good and bad police, a government that is irredeemably corrupt or a government without blame.

The world is complicated.

We all have our list of failures and achievements. We try to balance out our lives accordingly. Even when a good leader of a cause arises, the personal flaws are there on full display. But a leader is hardly ever allowed a second chance. We want our leaders to be perfect.

source: isomsymbolicart.blogspot.comThe need of the hour is to realize that within each person there is a world of darkness, fear and hate. But there is the other side as well — the sunny, truthful, life-giving side.

We need to indeed fight and condemn evil. If we do not fight that dark side which resides within each of us, there arises a need to fight it outside, to self-righteously blame, and to find scapegoats.

Staying conscious is the trick. We can’t divide the world into black and white and live. The world will be a better place to live if we all try to stand united with a conscious soul that will help us radiate truth and inner freedom.

We should listen to an informed call of the conscience that will help us work together towards justice and peace in the world.