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Six of Coins / Pentacles — Spiritual Message of the Day

September 11, 2011

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold! Service was joy.” — Rabindranath Tagore

Six of Coins -- Tarot of the Masters

I have talked about charity in several blog posts with regards to this card, and in one particular post I talked about why we practice charity if the material world is an illusion anyway. The answer—to relieve suffering at the level on which it exists—is true on one plane of our existence, but we also can examine this issue at an even deeper level. (Indeed, there is so much to say about charity that I doubt we could ever truly exhaust the topic.)

While it’s true that we should exercise charity to relieve the suffering of others, we also need to be generous for the sake of our own spiritual evolution, our own progress toward divine union. In other words, we practice charity in order to manifest our charitable Self, which is a part of our innate but forgotten divine nature.

A similar point was made by Swami Vivekananda more than a century ago as follows:

“It is sheer nonsense on the part of any man to think that he is born to help the world. We must constantly do good because that is the only way we can become perfect. Be grateful to the man you help, think of him as God. Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping our fellow man?”

Also, A Course in Miracles says, “Giving and receiving are one in truth.” So consider the question, “Does the world need us to be charitable or do we need the world to give us the opportunity to remember how to be charitable?”

If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my new Tarot book called The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.

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2 Comments
  1. David permalink

    The quote from Vivekananda was particularly moving. It is a privilege to relieve the suffering of the few you can reach. It is painful to see so many on the street, suffering, knowing that one’s charity will reach so few. The State of California, through the policies of Ronald Reagan, did a huge disservice to mental patients, vets with PTSD and, today, people thrown onto the streets due to the economic downturn. We need to see these folk as manifestations of God and feel the privilege of giving when we can.

    • Thank you for your comments, David.
      Re: “It is painful to see so many on the street, suffering, knowing that one’s charity will reach so few.” Yes, I know what you mean. It’s sad that the richest country on Earth has so many people starving and homeless. So we do what we can yet also try not to attach to the results of those actions. It’s a matter of perspective. We can find fulfillment and take solace in what we can do to help.

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