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After returning from a free health check-up camp sometime back, I met a Professor of Cardiology from Lucknow and told him that I had seen 100 patients today free of charge. He said do not get excited. Charity is a positive, but still not the absolute positive, unless it is done without any motive or done secretly. He said that you were honored on the stage; you received blessings from the patients and people talked about you in positive sense. It was an investment in the long run and not an absolute charity. When you serve, never get honored on the stage by the people to whom you are serving. Because, then it is like give and take. The purpose of life should be to help others without any expectations.Understanding helping others Helping others should not harm somebody else. Even with your unconditional help, if you promote the second in command by superseding another senior deserving person, this is not regarded as a help because the person you have helped will give you only one blessing but the person whom you have harmed may curse you 10 times. So, ultimately you end up with minus 8 points. Helping other means that you should give happiness to you, to the persons you have helped and also to others to whom you have not helped. Helping always pays The difference between American and Indian models is that Indians always think of now and do not invest in future. Americans always plan for the future. When we help somebody, we want that the same person should expect you by helping you when you are in need in a shorter run. But charity does not believe in that. Your job is to help others and negate your negative past karmas. You never know, may be decades later you get a help from a person to whom you helped decades earlier. Help should never be linked to returns
(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are my own).