a common sight in Prasanthinilayam to see Swami
distributing various things. No one can say what
He will give, to whom He will give, and when He
will give; but that He will give, one can always
be sure of.
distributes all sorts of things; these include
fruits of the season such as oranges, mangoes,
papayas, and apples. Once He even distributed
water melons! It is not just sweets, biscuits,
chocolates, and the like. As birthday time approaches,
the items distributed can be clocks, watches,
calculators, cameras, shirting pieces, dhotis,
sarees, sewing machines, push carts [for vending],
hand-pedal cycle carts [for the disabled] - you
name it. At new year time it is often calendars
and diaries. So on it goes, not only in Puttaparthi
but also in Whitefield and in Kodaikanal.
this because He wants people to remember that
man is born to give and not to GRAB [which is
what is happening most of the time these days].
Further, one must give not out of a sense of condescension
but with the idea of filling the heart of the
receiver with joy and happiness. Some people crave
to accumulate wealth. Swami is very critical of
this, adding that wealth accumulated is like dung
piled up in one spot; it will only radiate foul
odour. But if the same dung were to be scattered
on a field, it would result in a good crop. This,
says Baba, is also true of wealth. If money is
hoarded in a bank, it will benefit no one but
if it is spent for the benefit of the community,
it would bring prosperity to all including the
one who is spending.