Many aspects of a person's daily life have a bearing on his spiritual life. One need not necessarily give oneself over to a deep study of abstruse philosophy in the name of spiritualism. Instead it is enough if one makes an effort to adhere to the stated moral codes in one's personal and public life. Such an approach is bound to strengthen one's moral fibre and spiritual strength. One of the recommended mores of behaviour is that of decorum and generosity of thought and deed, which is distinct from charity
In the famous Tamil classic Tirukkural, saint poet Tiruvallu-var has enunciated die desirability of helping others or the decorum of living collectively. This constitutes the fundamental ethos of the holy text, said Sri V.V. Natarajan in his lecture. What sets man apart from animals is his higher nature. While beasts cohabit collectively more from a sense of fear, of survival instincts, such a life is neither praiseworthy nor laudable. Only when a person willingly helps another, regardless of the cost to him, is a man's tally of virtue goes up. Many of the charitable acts in Kali Yuga will be negated when a conscious effort is made to abide by the scriptural injunctions of selfless service. The efficacy of undertaking a task with no thoughts of return is the highest form of virtuous conduct. As the Bhaga-vad Gita states, "always perform action which has to be done, unattached; verily man attains the highest by performing action unattached."
When a road is in a bat) condition, people make a representation to the civic body to get it repaired. Similarly, those who are endowed with riches should wiliingly give away to those less fortunate in order that they too may come up.
Children often are hailed as being closer to God because of their ability to share willingly and spontaneously with others; the acts of adults merely result in nurturing egoistic feelings of "I" and "mine", leading one away from the path of God. However, it is human nature to wonder, what will 1 get out of this?' One should abjure such thoughts, says the Tirukkural. One should refrain from self-serving thoughts when helping others, just as clouds pour their bounty without expectations of a thanksgiving party. Said Abdul Kahder Marakkiar lived in Tamil Nadu at a time of severe famine when a grain of rice was equivalent to a sovereign of gold. When many tried to hoard their grain, the benevolent man kept an open house for all to take away a measure of rice each.
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Courtesy: Hindu: OCT. 28.