महाफलदायि दान ?

दान गृहस्थ के लिये महत्वपूर्ण मंगल है। किसी भी गृहस्थ का कंगाल होना दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण है। उसके लिये कठिन परिश्रम करके ईमानदारी के साथ धन कमाना आवश्यक होता है। उसे अपना ही नही अपने परिवार का और अपने पर आश्रित सभी लोगों का भरण पोषण करना होता है।

? परंतु जो धन कमाए उसमे से अपने सामर्थ्य के अनुसार कम या अधिक दान देना भी उतना ही आवश्यक होता है। इससे त्याग की भावना बढ़ती है। जरूरतमंदों के प्रति सहानुभूति और करुणा की भावना बढ़ती है। केवल संचय, संग्रह और परिग्रह ही करे तो स्वार्थ बुद्धि बढ़ती है।आसक्ति का दुर्गुण बढ़ता है।औरो के प्रति स्नेह और सदभावना के स्थान पर हृदय की कठोरता और क्रूरता का दुर्गुण बढ़ता है।

? दान का पूण्य फल चित्त की चेतना पर निर्भर करता है।

यदि भय की चेतना से दान देता है या बदले में सरकार अथवा समाज से कुछ सुविधा प्राप्त करने के लोभ से दान देता है अथवा यश और प्रसिद्धि प्राप्त करने की लालसा से दान देता है, अथवा औरो की तुलना में अधिक दान दे रहा हूँ इस दम्भ (arrogance)को जगाते हुए दान देता है अथवा याचना करने वाले के प्रति तिरस्कार जगाते हुए दान देता है, तो ऐसा दान पुण्यफलदाई नही होता, मांगलिक नही होता।

? परंतु श्रद्धा के भाव से, मैत्री और करुणा के भाव से, बिना बदले में कुछ प्राप्त करने के निःस्वार्थ भाव से दान देता है तो यह दान महान पूण्य फलदाई होता है, महान मंगलकारी होता है। मेरे द्वारा दिये गए दान से लोगो का कल्याण होगा, लोगों का कल्याण हो रहा है, लोगो का कल्याण हुआ है, यह देख कर चित्त की चेतना प्रसन्नता से भर उठती है, तो दान महाफलदायि होता है, महा मांगलिक होता है।

Highly beneficial Dana :

When the mind of the donor is suffused with joy and delight before giving dana, while giving dana, and after giving dana, then the dana becomes pure in the past, present and future.

? How does dana
become pure in three ways?

When the mind of the donor is filled with benevolence; when the recipient is living a life of pure sila; and when the dana, irrespective of the amount and value, is earned by one’s own labour, honestly and through right livelihood; then the dana is pure in three ways.

Dana that is pure in the past, present, and future, and pure in three ways is highly beneficial.
? How does such dana help to develop the four brahmavihara?

When the thing or place or facility that is given as dana is not for a particular person but for the benefit and welfare of all meditators, this dana helps to develop the four brahmavihara.

1) The mind of the donor is filled with infinite metta when he thinks—“Because of my dana, countless people are gaining or will gain happiness by receiving this wonderful Dhamma”.

2) The mind of the donor is filled with infinite karuna when he thinks—“Because of this dana, there are so many suffering people in the world who will find a way out of their suffering, get the benefit of Dhamma and find contentment”.

3) The mind of the donor is filled with infinite mudita with the thought—“Oh! So many people are getting happiness and contentment through the practice of Dhamma because of my dana”.

4) The mind of the donor is filled with infinite upekkha with the thought—“Whether anyone praises mydana or criticizes it, whether I get success or failure because of this dana, it is of no concern to me. My dana is not for self-acclaim or for success or failure. This dana, given with pure volition, is solely for the benefit of others”.

?Dana Parami?

According to the words of the Enlightened One, the dāna of Dhamma is the greatest of all.

Why is it the greatest?

Let us understand.

According to the law of nature, the seed that we sow will give fruits, many fruits and each fruits will contain the same type of seed.

If we give dāna of food, then the fruit will be that we will get sufficient food in our present life and future lives.

According to the same law of nature, whatever type of dāna you give, you will get that type of fruit in the future in a greater quantity.

When you give the dāna of Dhamma, the fruit that you will get is a greater quantity of Dhamma.

As a result, one becomes stronger and stronger in Dhamma which helps one to reach the final goal.

? That is why the Enlightened One said that, “The dāna of Dhamma is the greatest dāna.”
? The Dhammadana of Developing our Parami.

? Dana: This is the quality of giving to others.

Our gift to a center will be our efforts to practice correctly, coming back to sensations, not judging, maintaining our sila impeccably while we are there, our practice and development of metta, our service for the benefit of others, and our financial support to provide a good place for future students to meditate.

As we help at the center, we do so with the thought that many students will gain the Dhamma or grow in the Dhamma because of our efforts.

These efforts are our dana to a center.
? The proper way to give dāna.

For any donation to contribute to the peace and harmony of the individual and the community, the volition behind the donation has to be that of compassion and goodwill.

One who earns money tends to develop a big ego.

And as long as there is ego, there is no peace.

This is why a good meditator understands that one is earning not only for the maintenance of oneself and one’s dependants but also for others.

? One gives a bigger or smaller donation according to one’s capacity; the amount does not matter.

Much more important is to give with a pure mind without expecting anything in return.

Then the ego becomes less and less.

Dāna becomes impure when one expects something in return.

The dāna given with the volition to serve others and to help them come out of their misery helps one progress on the path to real peace.

Business people earn more; therefore, it is all the more important for them to utilize part of this earning for the benefit of society.