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Scriptural References for Sacrifice of Money
« on: September 04, 2008, 11:04:40 AM »
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    The scriptures also say that your sacrifice of money is the highest.

    1)   The Gita says ‘Jnanat dhyanam vishishyate Dhyanat Karma Phala Tyagah’: i.e., Bhakti (devotion) is better than Jnana (knowledge) and sacrificing the fruit of your work (money) is better than Bhakti.

    2)   The Gita says ‘Sarva karma phala tyagam prahuh tyagam vichakshanah’ i.e., if you can give the entire fruit of your work to the Lord, then that is real sacrifice

    3)   The Veda says, ‘Na karmana, Na prajaya, Dhanena, tyage naike Amritatvam Aanasuh’ i.e., you cannot attain God by selfish work or through children. You can attain God only by sacrificing your money for God’s work.

    4)   The first words of the first Upanishat (Ishavaasyam) say, ‘Tena tyaktena Bhunjeethah Ma gradhaha kasyasvit Dhanam’ i.e., this entire world is the money of the Lord. Take whatever you require from His wealth; don’t take extra, which is not permitted by God. If you have taken extra, you are a thief. Return it back to the Lord.

    5)   The Veda says ‘Samvida...’ ‘Shraddhayaa...’ ‘Hriya...’ ‘Bhiya dheyam’, i.e., return the extra to the Lord in human form after recognizing Him through His Jnana. Wait patiently till you recognize the Lord in human form. When you are donating your money to Him (actually you are giving Him His own money) you should give it to Him with fear and feel shy.
    6)   In the Yoga Vashishtha the Guru Vashishtha says to Rama ‘Dhanamarjaya’ i.e., bring money and offer it to Me as Guru Dakshina (donation/fees for the teacher) before I can teach you Jnana (knowledge).

    7)   Shirdi Sai used to ask for Guru Dakshina from everybody in order to teach them this important sacrifice. He criticized a merchant who came seeking for Brahma Jnana (spiritual knowledge) but was not giving even Rs.5/- from his pocket. Mr. Patil, a farmer, on the other hand used to donate his entire yearly crop to Sai Baba and used to take back only whatever Baba gave back to him.


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