Dinesh K. Nagpal

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Care and Share:

Caring and sharing is a habit that is need of the modern times. Financial and social economics of this world is changing at a fast pace. Sharing has several economic, social and behavioral benefits. Sharing is one of the most effective tool for promoting selflessness, co-operation, trust, understanding and interaction between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’.  Caring for others leads you to a sense of belonging. It helps establishing a bond of love.

Sharing in form of charity and donations has been the essence of every religion.

Buddhists consider charity to be of paramount importance. For them out of six tenets, ‘perfection of giving’ stands at top position.

Christianity also gives equal importance to charity. Christ was living example of kindness, generosity and sharing. He taught all Christians to share as much as they can.

In Hinduism, donation to the needy and underprivileged has been accorded high priority. It is also suggested that Hindus shouldn’t develop any sign of ego while donating. It is suggested to them that your left hand shouldn’t know, what your right hand has contributed.

Islam promotes a sense of brotherhood among people. And it has been specifically told to the followers of Islam that through Zakat, it is mandatory for every Muslim to contribute money and other things for the welfare of underprivileged and poor people.

For them there is one more form of charity, i.e. Sadaqa. In this form one can voluntarily give to others at his free will. In addition to Zakat, Muslims contribute through this form freely and with much more enthusiasm.

Jainism stands for selflessness and compassion. For them Supreme Renunciation is of prime importance. Thus they believe more in giving than taking. They are advised to practice four types of help/donations. These are

  1. Donation of food.
  2. Providing protection to the poor and develop a sense of fearlessness among them.
  3. Providing medical help and medicines to the diseased persons.
  4. Giving books and providing education to the students who cannot afford.

Jews are the most generous people living on this planet earth. They are the largest donors also. Judaism suggests to its followers charity in form of Sadaqah to the unknown people. As a result, every Jew regularly contributes minimum ten percent of their income. But normally it is given much more than ten percent by most Jews.

Guru Nanak was the first Guru who promoted Sikhism. He was a living example of charity and help. As a result, all Sikhs feel their prime responsibility in sharing their wealth with underprivileged persons.  They regularly provide food to everyone who comes to them. They also provide shelter to the needy persons. Sikhs always remain humble while serving others in any form.

In Zoroastrianism, charity is taught from childhood in the form of a prayer. It is said that for acknowledging kingdom of supreme God, you must provide assistance to the poor. Charity is in their blood. They are highly charitable in nature.

Thus it should be mandatory for everyone to share with others. Share everything and anything you can. Share your money, food, belongings, knowledge and time.  Help those they are in need. Develop kindness, humbleness and generosity while sharing.

Every one of us must be trained from childhood to share everything available with us.

To enhance habit of sharing repeat following affirmation several times a day,

“I lovingly and freely share all that I have, including my wealth, happiness and love, with others. By sharing I am receiving more and more.”

Love everyone:

Emotion of love is the strongest of all in human behavior. Life without love cannot exist. Love makes you happy. Love makes you content and love makes you healthy as well.

Every religion of this world promotes love and affection among its followers.

Love shouldn’t be misinterpreted with physical attraction of two individuals of opposite sex.  True love doesn’t distinguish between people of different castes, creed, sex, color, language, religious beliefs, regions or nationality etc.

Learn to love everyone you come across in your life. Make sure that your love is unconditional and selfless.

In addition to mankind, love animals, love plants, love nature and natural resources.

Love everyone and everything.

Following affirmation helps promoting love among people.

“I radiate pure, unconditional and selfless love and I get the same in multiple forms.”

Keep smiling and spreading happiness:

Happiness is a matter of choice. It is our attitude that is decisive factor in making us happy. Hence, we must strive to create such an attitude that is conducive in making us a happy and content person.

Happiness has nothing to do with material objects. It comes with feeling of inner peace and satisfaction. Therefore we must ensure to maintain inner peace in various circumstances of life.

Smiling and happiness go hand in hand. Keep smiling to enhance level of your happiness. Smile is very simple but has great effect. Someone has rightly said, “Frown and you frown alone, but smile and the whole world smiles with you.”

Smile improves your appearance. Smile brings you closure to good health, more wealth, happiness, success, peace and helps winning friends.

Smile and happiness are contagious. When you are happy and are smiling, it changes mood of others present around you and makes them happy. A smiling person brings happiness in the atmosphere.

Smiling has therapeutic benefits as well. It releases highly beneficial hormones namely endorphins and serotonin in the brain. These are natural drugs. Smiling at a greater degree turns to laughter. Someone has rightly said, “Laughter is the best medicine.” So keep smiling and laughing and maintain happiness.

Repeat following affirmation for your happiness,

“My happiness and contentment brings me more and more happiness and contentment for now and always.”

These are five suggestions I have received from Guru for practicing and promoting in this world. And these are suggested in all religions of this world and therefore could be practiced by one and all, without any reservation.

I dedicate this article to my late father, Shri H.G.Nagpal, who was living and vibrant example of all above principles. And today is his death anniversary. I have inherited these qualities and now want to practice what learnt from my father.

Keep giving your valuable suggestions.

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Dr. Dinesh K. Nagpal has been studying and practicing The Art and Science of Positivism for over 35 years. His zest for gathering ancient knowledge based on Vedas, Upanishads and other Hindu scriptures, which are full of living life in totality, for the benefit of mankind, brought him laurels. The motto of his life is ‘Caring and Sharing is the essence of life.’

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