Jai Sriman Narayana,
Dear Swamiji, My pranams to you. I have a question about charity, please forgive me if it is in appropriate. I heard according to vedic law of karma we have to bear the results of our actions including the charity we give and hence charity must be given in the name of God to brahmanas. So when we try to help tsunami hit fishermen by providing boats to them, don’t we incur the results of their action which is killing of the fish in the sea? How should I understand this contradiction?
YOU MUST HAVE MISTAKEN MY FRIEND, IN UNDERSTANDING THE KARMA THEORY. KARMA, IS ONE’S OWN RESPONSIBILITY, ORDAINED BY GOD, COMES BY BIRTH. WHATEVER THE WORK ASSIGNED, SHOULD BE DONE WITHOUT ANY TRACE OF HESITATION, DEDICATING THE RESULTS TO GOD. THAT BECOMES KAINKARYAM, IF EXECUTED WITH LOVE. FISHING TO THE RECENT TSUNAMI VICTIMS, KILLING THE INNER BACTERIA TO A DOCTOR, OFFERING FLOWERS TO GOD BY A PRIEST ETC.,ARE ALL CARRY THE SAME WEIGHT. MANY DUTIES ARE LIKE THIS. IF ONE IS SUFFERING FROM ANY PROBLEM, DUTY OF A PERSON
WITH HEART, IS TO HELP. THIS IS JUST HUMANITY. IF ONE IS CHARITABLE, HELPING WITHOUT ANY EXPECTATION, WILL BE THE PRIMARY DUTY, LET OTHER MAY BE ANYONE. THIS IS CHARITY.
NOW, YOU CAN IMAGINE, THE DUTY OF A RELIGIOUS OR A SPIRITUAL PERSON, FOR, HIS PLANE IS HEIGHER THAN THE ABOVE, HIS HEART MEALTS IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG.
NOW, WHEN YOU ARE ATTACHED TO THE RESULT, THEN THERE IS NO POINT IN PUTTING YOUR EFFORTS, ALL THAT YOU TRY TO FIND OUT WHO IS SMART IN BRINGING YOU THE MEDAL, RANK ETC., IF NOT AVAILABLE FROM THE OPEN MARKET. A SPIRITUAL MAN WON’T DO THAT. HE NEVER EXPECTS NOR DEMANDS FOR TEMPORARY RESULTS.
FISHER MEN ARE THE KARMA YOGIS. THEY DID NOT DEMAND FOR ANYTHING. WORLD STARTED HELPING THEM ON HUMANITARION GROUNDS, YOU AND ME DO THIS WITH THE SPIRITUAL MIND, DEDICATING TO GOD.