What's Your Spirituality Quotient
As a kid, i often saw people organizing religious rituals at home and a bhandara-a community kitchen after that. The practice has become even more prevalent today. Tuesdays, thursdays, saturdays....you will find poor people thronging temples in long snaking queues to get their share of poori-sabzi, bread pakora, khichri, halwa etc. Random festivals and special days also ensure distribution of food. And this is not limited to Hindus only. A few weeks ago i happened to pass by a mazaar and noticed devotees and poor people partaking of food in the bhandara there also. Perhaps my knowledge about existence of this practice among Muslims is limited but this was something that broadened my spiritual horizon and set me thinking.
Is it a genuine sense of sharing and caring for the poor and needy? Or is it the fear of suffering in the next birth duly inculcated by their respective religions, just an easy attempt to get rid of the impact of their misdeeds in their present life and a desire to attain salvation and heaven in their afterlife that makes people involve themselves in some philanthropy?
And then, today i received this daily message from a spiritual messages app that i follow.
"You can only give away what you already have inside yourself.
True giving happens when you are overflowing from the inside, and cannot help but share. When there is so much love within you that it has to flow to others or you would burst open. There is no thinking involved, no willpower in such sharing. It just flows out. If you have to force yourself to be kind, to love, to feel compassion, you've missed the first step of filling in your own self with these emotions."
My personal belief is to live in the moment, in sharing whatever little you can, irrespective of what is going to happen in my afterlife.
What's your spirituality quotient?
Please share your thoughts..