Six of Coins / Pentacles — Spiritual Message of the Day
“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
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?”
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