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Updated on: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:02 PM IST

Generosity — Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Question: many ask for blessings, but only a few will receive. Why?

The giver is always giving but the taker is not there – the sincerity is missing. One who gives blessings gives freely, but the one who receives has to be sincere. The qualification to receive blessings is sincerity. And everyone is free to be sincere at any time.

Question: Why do people choose to be sincere only sometimes?

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Because of the illusion that they are going to miss some mundane pleasure. Hankering after pleasure makes them insincere. When you are sincere, you simply enjoy pleasure without craving for it. Sincerity is being in touch with your depth.

When you feel you are stuck in life and not growing, or are bombarded by desires, when you feel dryness, no enthusiasm, no juice, what do you do?

Here is the solution: feel generous – right now, not tomorrow, but right now.

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Both a princess and a pauper can feel generous. Generosity is a quality of the spirit. When you feel generous, your life becomes abundant – full of compassion and love.

Question: “Is generosity the same as gratitude?”

No. Gratitude always has self-concern. You are grateful because you have something or you get something. Generosity is independent of external circumstances. No one can make you feel generous. That is something that you have to do by yourself. Essentially generosity is not an act. It is a state of consciousness, but it always finds its expression in an act.

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Question: “What about passion?”

Passion indicates scarcity. Dispassion is abundance. Dispassion without generosity makes you self-centred and causes more dryness.

Don’t think about what you’ve done in the past; that only brings doership. Just feel generous.

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Published on: Saturday, October 15, 2016, 01:28 AM IST
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