“For it is in giving that we receive.”
St. Francis of Assisi
In our times, and from millennia ago, it is known that if you plant grapes you will harvest grapes; also, if you plant tomatoes you will harvest tomatoes. If you plant tomatoes, however hard you try to collect grapes, you will not harvest grapes.
It is the same way with good and bad actions, emotions and thoughts. If you plant loving-kindness, you will harvest loving-kindness. If you plant hate, you will harvest hate.
This law is found in ancient scriptures from most religions and initiation schools. In Sanskrit, it is defined as the law of karma, also known as the law of cause and effect. In Christianity they call it the Golden Rule: Don’t do to others what you don’t want to be done to yourself, and do to others what you want to be done to you.
In our present society the currency is money and to get grapes it is not necessary anymore to plant them; instead, with our money we go to whoever sells fruit and from that person we buy the grapes.
But Where does money come from? What are the laws that govern money?
Following the teachings of Master Choa Kok Sui (MCKS), founder of Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga, money follows the same laws of karma, of cause and effect. It is but another form of energy in our world. Then, if you want to harvest money you should plant money, or give something in exchange for money, offer services or sell things.
Most of us work to earn money and in that way get what we need and what we want.
And as with energy, one of the healthier ways to get money is knowing and applying the art of donation.
“For it is in giving that we receive” says St. Francis of Assisi; the art of giving money is also in the ancient scriptures and initiation texts, where they tell us about tithe.
Tithe means to donate ten percent of your income after taxes.
To donate is an art. It is very important the discernment of who is receiving our money and the use it will be given. MCKS comments that the art of donation goes hand in hand with the law of karma.
In the same way that when you go to a dentist you will pay the bill to the dentist who gave you the service, and not to another one because he/she is poorer, it is important that when we donate we have into account the people and institutions that help us and enrich us, that make our life happier and more loving.
If we follow the order that MCKS gave us, we will see that there is a logic and equilibrated sequence. Relating to the law of Karma with the art of donating, the first people to whom we have the responsibility of donating are our parents. They have brought us to the world, and they have given us this amazing physical body, that allow us to experience this human life. If you don’t have parents who are alive, or due to different circumstances you don’t know them, it’s all right; you can also donate to adoptive parents or your legal guardians and/or people who have helped you to have a friendly life and infuse our life with meaning.
After that we must contemplate the institutions that allow us to grow in consciousness of our spiritual world and nurture our spiritual and personal development. For the students of Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga this will be the institution where they would contribute if they consider so.
After parents (or guardians) that gave us the physical sphere and the institutions that help us in our spiritual development, we would contemplate all the people that make of our life a kind experience, easy and joyful. These are the people who are always available for us.
Following these people there are the NGOs and organizations of humanitarian aid.
In the art of donation we have to monitor the use that is given to our money, to what ends it is intended, and whether it arrives where we desire. That is our responsibility, never to donate without knowing how it will be spent.
Every time we donate we are creating an energetic movement, and at the same time creating positive karma. Part of this energy will return to us, the law of cause and effect says that all of our actions will come back multiplied. If that is so, let’s make it return in favor of our needs, given than energy follows thought.
This theory may sound strange and you may even dislike it, it may also allow you to understand things that you have heard, and it may be that you love it.
My advice is that you give it a try, you will see that after that you won’t be able to stop donating because your income won’t stop growing.