of Pujya Swamiji's birthday, we
are printing this month a
beautiful poem, written by Khalil
Gibran. Its message is the same
as the message of Pujya Swamiji's
To give to others, to serve the
world and to be close to God are
all Pujya Swamiji ever asks of
us. These are the only
"gifts" He wants for
Therefore, let us all read this
beautiful poem and take its
message into our hearts, our
hands and our lives.
give but little when you give of your
It is when you give of yourself that you
For what are your possessions but things
you keep and guard
for fear you may need them tomorrow?
And tomorrow, what shall tomorrow bring
to the over-prudent dog
burying bones in the trackless sand as he
follows the pilgrims to the holy city?
And what is fear of need but need itself?
Is not dread of thirst when your well is
full, the thirst that is unquenchable?
There are those who give little of the
much they have - and they give it for
and their hidden desire makes their gifts
And there are those who have little and
give it all.
These are the believers in life and the
bounty of life, and their coffer is never
There are those who give with joy, and
that joy is their reward.
And there are those who give with pain,
and that pain is their baptism.
And there are those who give and have not
pain in giving, nor do they seek joy,
nor give with mindfulness of virtue;
they give as in yonder valley the myrtle
breathes its fragrance into space.
Through the hand of such as these, God
and from behind their eyes He smiles upon
It is well to give when asked, but it is
better to give unasked through
And to the open-handed the search for one
who shall receive is joy greater than
And is there aught you would withhold?
All you have shall some day be given;
therefore give now,
that the season of giving may be yours
and not your inheritors'.
You often say, "I would give, but
only to the deserving."
The trees in your orchard say not so, nor
the flocks in your pasture.
They give that they may live, for to
withhold is to perish.
Surely he who is worthy to receive his
days and his nights is worthy of all else
And he who has deserved to drink from the
ocean of life
deserves to fill his cup from your little
And what desert greater shall there be,
than that which lies in the courage and
the confidence, nay the charity of
And who are you that men should rend
their bosom and unveil their pride,
that you may see their worth naked and
their pride unabashed?
See first that you yourself deserve to be
a giver, and an instrument of giving.
For, in truth it is life that gives into
life - while you,
who deem yourself a giver, are but a
And you receivers - and you are all
receivers - assume no weight of
gratitude, lest you lay a yoke upon
yourself and upon he who gives; rather
rise together with the giver on his gifts
as on wings.