Why is it so hard for us to give? Has God/the universe not provided for us abundantly? In America our homeless problem is undoubtedly out of control. All across America there are homeless people living on the streets. Most of these homeless people are hungry, enduring harsh weather without shelter and having a feeling of brokenness.
Over the past five years, I have spent time in 28 countries. The Western Hemisphere, primarily North America is where I see most of the lost, empty, chemically dependent and substance dependent homeless population. Are they numbing reality because they don’t think anyone cares? Have they given up hope for a bright future?
In the Eastern Hemisphere, life looks very different. During the past 5 years, I have spent 2.5 years in Bali, Indonesia. The Balinese have a saying for Americans, “More money, more stress, more stuff.” True statement if you ask me.
You won’t walk around the streets of Bali, Chaing Mai (Thailand), or even Bangkok and see homeless people. Why? People take care of each other. Somewhere along the way, Westerners forgot about this.
What can we do? Reach out and let people know you care. Personally, I live in Hollywood. I choose to feed the homeless from time to time. I make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and deliver them to the homeless along with a few cut up apples. To see the smile on their face light up and see them filled with love and gratitude is the only thanks I need.
My first experience helping a homeless person was on my eighth birthday. My dad and I were going to Dairy Queen for ice cream and he saw a man going from place to place asking for food(help). My dad pulled over and told him to meet us two doors down at Dairy Queen. My dad bought him dinner. I’d honestly never seen another human that hungry or that grateful. That day changed me forever.
Being a karmic yogi and doing kind deeds is just as important as a daily spiritual practice. Open your heart and let the spirit speak. Can you hear that small voice in your soul?
As humans, we are very lucky to have been blessed with abundance.... let’s return the blessing and help others light their way home!
Yogi Bhajan spoken about serving others many times over the years.
He said, “There’s only one thing which will bring happiness to you. When you humble yourself and serve others, then God will fill in the gap and shall serve you. People say to me, ‘I have a light.’ People say to me, ‘I have a dharma.’ People say to me, ‘I have happiness.’ I don’t believe any of this. The test of a happy man is when he comes out and serves those who are unhappy. Only that man knows God. It is the highest privilege and honor bestowed on an ordinary man. There’s no other way on the planet to free your soul unto the destiny and unto God but by serving those who need a hand—smiling at them, wiping away their tears, forgiving them. Seva is a win/win, the total source of victory. The moment you serve with heart and head, and without grinding any ax, you win the person forever. You deliver another person facing difficulty to their own strength. You save the person in the face of calamity. You protect him in the face of non-reality and bring home the reality. In any form, shape, or projection, if you can elevate a person’s consciousness, his spirit, his self, his environments, his life, then it is seva. Sometimes when people are asked to do seva in the ashram—to do cleaning, for example—they ask why. Kundalini Yoga is Kundalini Yoga. Karma Yoga is Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga is equally competent to take you to God. Karma needs action and reaction. Every action you do will have a reaction. That you cannot change. Dharma is when you take action to uplift and serve others—this is your dharma—and for this seva, you will get an abundance; you will get a thousand-fold return.”
“There is a story I want to share with you. Brahma is the source and the giver of Gian (knowledge). Once Brahma had a yag, a gathering, to which he first invited demons. Food was served; they were sitting in langar lines. Brahma said to them, ‘You cannot bend your elbows at this meal.’ So everybody’s elbows were straight, and they were supposed to eat. Do you know what they did? They tried to eat but the food fell on their faces, noses, mouths, clothes, and they couldn’t enjoy the food. Then Brahma gave a feast for the angels. They also couldn’t bend their elbows, so they fed each other and had fun. Being for each other is the ecstasy, it is the divinity. And being for yourself is the tragedy. Self is for being for others; not just for yourself. If you serve, you shall win the hearts of others. If you humble yourself, you shall not only win their hearts, but you will win their souls. If you serve, God will come through for you. Seva is a very wonderful cause, it is the real thing. Service is not what serves you; it is when you enrich another person.” @yogibhajan @3hofoundation
My prayer for you today is that you will find happiness in service to others. Give to those in need and be grateful for what God has given you. Reach out to those in need instead of looking the other way. Fill your soul by giving to others instead of only constantly receiving or giving to yourself. Find the balance, give back. Gift: look up, look in, look forward, look around and look back.
Sat Nam 💜💫🙏
💫Today’s @innercompasscards Reading💫
The gesture or intention of giving is more important than the gift itself. Do you remember the moment. of excitement when you gave something to a loved one, knowing it was exactly what they wanted? When you received that homemade gift from a friend? Today, give someone a hug or a present. Help someone in need. Bestow it without any hidden agenda, not because you must, simply because you can. See what it does to you. You can even give some- thing without the recipient knowing that it was you. When you give or share something unconditionally, you show the universe that you do not worry about what is lleaving you. There is enough energy, time and money. this mechanism is essential for abundance to come your way. Giving, sharing and receiving are inseparable. They all carry the same energy, and they all stem from gratitude. Some people find it easier to give, but are less capable of fully receiving. This card appears to investigate how this is for you. do you find yourself worthy enough of receiving? Are you truly capable of appropriating a gift or compliment? Know that gratefulness, for whatever it is that is given to you, opens up the channel to receive more.