Common steps and sub-activities

Generosity

Generosity is a companion technique to Charity.  Whilst with Charity you give of yourself, with generosity you do give money. 

Spend your money, save some if it gives you peace of mind, but spend the rest on other people – entertaining, outings, any help they need.

You do not necessarily give money away willy nilly. Instead you spend your money on others to give them happiness and to help them.  So you don’t keep what you have earned [remember that in the end everyone is paying everyone else] you spend it.  For example, you may spend money in travelling to help a friend in need – by actively going to them instead of sending them an encouraging email.  Or maybe you spend money on flowers to send to a sick friend, or pay for a days outing for children who rarely have one. 

By combining Charity and generosity you have a very powerful combination in Stilling the ego.

By giving all the time – of your time, of your help, of your self, of your support, of your compassion, of your love, of your money –  you learn to Suppress your desires and by suppressing your desires your Will is more open to Composer input.  You are learning to still the Will.  Understand the needs of others and give them active support.

The more active you are in helping them, the more you will be able to still the Will when the time comes.  When you rest after a hard day helping someone else and sit and relax with a warm cup of tea, you will be empty of desires save what you have – the chair you sit on, the warmth of the room and the cup of tea.  That will be all you want and the Will will be still and you are ripe for Composer input.

Generosity is thus the sublimation of Desire, by its replacement with unselfishness and although it is mentioned a lot in Christian based systems, it is there in a large number of others as well.

Most people don’t want you to give them money, if they do, then their need cannot be helped by giving it to them anyway.  What people most need is part of you.  But this does not mean you don’t spend money to help them.

Remember, this is not a one-off technique, it is a way of life.  An act of love.

Background

This method is partly implied in the I Ching gua YU.

It has been one of the backbones of most religions and guru or master inspired teaching programmes, for example:

The Chasm of Fire – Irina Tweedie

It is painful to see that he uses some of my money to repair the shed of dirty people who give him trouble and annoyance in every way.

After all, it was money from selling my house, and the money my husband had left me; it would have served my old age.

I gladly give it to him for a worthwhile cause but it is hard to understand why he does certain things.

After all they ruin his garden, quarrel, make a mess.  Tulsi Ram does not want to work and a shed like this one, they can erect anywhere in the Indian plains.  Why should it be in his garden?

He listened silently.

Then he told me how L gave a blanket to his Revered guru and he was so pleased with it.  But a few days later he gave it to somebody else.

'It is done like that.  We give things away, our family, our property, it matters little...'

Why is ‘avarice’ or ‘greed’ a ‘sin’?  Because if you think all the time about possessions and the acquisition of possessions, you are still thinking about objectives – what you want.  And if you are thinking about what you want, you have not cleared your mind enough to get spiritual experience………

Thomas Traherne – Centuries of Meditations

Socrates was wont to say:

They are most happy and nearest the gods that needed nothing’.

And coming once up into the exchange at Athens, where they that traded asked him, ‘what will you buy; what do you lack?’  After he had gravely walked up into the middle, spreading forth his hands and turning about, ‘Good gods’ said he ‘who would have thought there were so many things in the world which I do not want!’  And so left the place under the reproach of nature.

He was wont to say that ‘happiness consisted not in having many, but in needing the fewest things; for the gods needed nothing at all, and they were most like them that least needed'.

The Sutra of Hui-Neng – Grand Master of Zen [translated by Thomas Cleary]

Good friends, the Way should be fluid, free flowing.  Why then do you stagnate?  When the mind does not dwell on things, then the Way is fluid.  If the mind dwells on things, that is called self-binding.

And once we have had a spiritual experience, other things become much more important anyway…. ………..

Thomas Traherne – Centuries of Meditations

Once I remember – I think I was about 4 years old – when I thus reasoned to myself, sitting in a little obscure room in my father’s poor house.

If there be a God, certainly He must be infinite in goodness’.  And that I was prompted to, by a real whispering instinct of nature.

And if He be infinite in goodness and a perfect being in wisdom and love, certainly he must do most glorious things; and give us infinite riches’.

How comes it to pass therefore that I am so poor?  Of so scanty and narrow a fortune, enjoying few and obscure comforts?’

I thought I could not believe Him a God to me unless all His power were [sic] employed to glorify me! 

I knew not then my soul, … nor did I think of the heavens and the earth, the rivers and the stars, the sun or the seas; all those were lost, and absent from me.

But when I found them … then I had a God indeed, whom I could praise and rejoice in.

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