Posted by: Upāsaka | 05/25/2019

Helping without Hoping

“When you have done a good act and another has received it, why do you look for a third thing besides these, as fools do, either to have the reputation of having done a good act or to obtain a return?”

(Meditations, VII.73)

Despite making the practice of generosity an integral part of my life, I have yet to learn how to give without at least a remainder of self-concern.  In fact, this quote by Seneca perfectly captures the sense of a imperfect giving with the image of the gift somehow leaving a sticky residue on the hands that are giving.

We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

May I learn to give without stain.

May I learn to help with hope of return.


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