“That me and mine position which demands that we be recognized and noted for our importance, takes over everything. It all gets very tiring. Ajahn Sumedho has said, “Whenever I think of myself I feel depressed.” It’s such a great line. When dana is the center of life, instead of me and my needs, there is no need to be depressed. There is relief and release rather than anxiety and obsession. Dana is a dramatically different focal point. The perspective changes to “What can I give?”
The Buddha said, “If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given.“
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