The hymns say that hunger is not the only reason of death many well-fed men also reach death. It has been said that the riches of the man who gives fully do not run out but the miser finds no one with sympathy. The hymns proclaim that a rich man who hardens his heart against a poor man who comes to him suffering and asking for nourishment in spite of the fact that he had used the services of the poor man in the past, in such a situation he surely finds no one with understanding.
According to the belief of the hymns it has been said that a man who is truly generous gives to the beggar approaches him thin and in search of food. A generous man puts himself at the service of the man who calls to him from the road, and makes him a friend for times to come. That man is no friend who does not give of his own nourishment to his friend, the companion at his side.
The Rig Vedic hymns say that let the needy man move away from such a man who hesitates to give freely and in turn go to such a man who gives freely even to a stranger. It has been advised that a stronger man should give generously to a man who is in need because that does not reduce his assets. A belief that is very much pronounced in the hymns is that riches roll like the wheels of a chariot, turning from one to another.
Foresight has been given a lot of importance in the hymns. It has been said that a person who has no foresight gets food in vain that is he has excess of food which is wasted. Rather it can be said that the man who eats alone brings troubles upon himself.
In order to bring forth the importance of giving; the hymns have put forth a number of comparisons. It says that the plough that works the soil makes a man well-fed; the legs that walk put the road behind them. The priest who speaks is better than the one who does not speak. The friend who gives freely surpasses the one who does not.
Finally the hymns on Generosity concludes saying that it is true that two kinsmen are not same in terms of giving but yet generosity remains a very important virtue for every individual.
(Last Updated on : 19-01-2010)
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