Continuation of the story: On Giving
Then a rich man said:
Speak to us about giving:
And he answered : You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself you truly give.
For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?
And tomorrow what shall tomorrow bring to the over- prudent dog burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows pilgrims to the holy city?
And what is fear of need but need itself?
There are those who give little of the much which they have–and they give it for recognition and their hidden desires makes their gifts unwholesome.
And there are those who have little but give it all. These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty.
You often say, “I will give but only to the deserving,”
The trees in your orchard say not so, for to withhold is to perish.
Surely he who is worthy to receive his days and his nights is worthy of all else from you.
And you receivers-and you are all receivers -assume no weight of gratitude lest you lay a yoke upon yourself and upon him who gives.
For to be overmindful of your debt is to doubt his generosity who has the free-hearted earth for mother, and God for father.
To be continued 🙂