[June 22, 2016] Anil asked: Swami! You told that donation to undeserving is a sin. Then, how to rectify the past sin done due to lack of knowledge of this concept?
Swami replied: Giving milk to a serpent is certainly a sin since it bites several good people also with the strength given by your milk. Naturally, you have to share the sin as a promoter. Four partners share the sin: actual doer, doer behind curtain, promoter and supporter (Kartaa, Kaarayitaa chaiva, prerakashcha, anumodakah...chatvaarah sama bhaaginah...). Hence, the Veda says that you should donate only after deep analysis (Samvidaa deyam). If you donate to undeserving, don’t think that simply that much money is wasted. You have actually purchased sin by that much money. It is not simple zero; it is complicated minus sign. Donation is a double edged sword. Either it gives you good result or gives you bad result. Only two options are there. There is no third neutral option of zero as wastage. The whole problem comes in being hasty to do the most dangerous donation. You are always worried about place and time, but not deservingness of receiver. “Today is Shivaratri, this place is Kashi, we are going back by tomorrow. Let us donate something to somebody today itself”—this hasty donation brings negative results. When you donate to really deserving person, that day is Shivaratri and that place is Kashi (Deshe Kaalecha Paatrecha... Gita). Krishna never donated anything to anybody. When He found Sudama (Kuchela), He donated everything to him. He was real devotee and not aspiring anything from Krishna. The Veda says that the two deserving characteristics for donation are: divine knowledge and non-aspiration of anything from you (Shrotriyasyachaakaamahatasya...).
The Veda further says that the donor should not be proud with ego and donation must be always done with lot of shy and humility (Hriyaa deyam, Bhiyaa deyam). All this creation is the wealth of God only. You are donating the wealth of God given by God to you. Sometimes, God comes straight to you as a beggar hiding His donation to you. He drops a note of Rs.100/- in your way without your knowledge. You think that you were lucky to get it and also think that since you have made effort to come by that way, you have got the reward. The truth is that you may come in anyway, God is dropping that note in your selected way only. After the note is received by you, God will come as a pitiable beggar begging for one rupee only to test your charity. Even if you recognize Him as God, if you are intelligent, you will say to the beggar “sorry, no change!” When Krishna begged for five villages only for the sake of Pandavas, blind king Dhrutarashtra told Krishna “O God! What can I do? My bloody son is not listening to me”. At the end, the king was caught in the fire of forest and prayed Lord Krishna to save him. Lord appeared and told the fire to pacify. The fire did not pacify due to the will of Lord only. Then Krishna told “O king! What can I do? This bloody red fire is not listening to Me”. God knows when, where and how to retort!
Sometimes God is totally hidden or partially hidden or totally revealing Himself. Krishna killed several demons from the birthday itself and protected all the villagers from several dangers there by revealing Himself to be God clearly. In spite of that, several Gopikas made complaints to His mother regarding His stealing butter! Jesus showed several miracles and gave excellent spiritual knowledge. In spite of this, people crucified Him. Ego and jealousy blended with blind attraction to worldly bonds surpass even the highest value of the greatest God!
Once the sin is committed, it is recorded in the file of any soul through miraculous audio-video system called Chitragupta. Due to this system, the sin appears as an audio-video cassette. There is no need of any more witness as required in our present honourable courts. The deity of justice in the hell stands with open eyes without any black cloth covering them since the deity sees directly the case and gives appropriate judgement. No witness and no lawyers are required. This divine system is extended to some extent to this world as the present audio-video technology.
The only way to escape the punishment of past sin is non-repetition of sin practically due to reformation by spiritual knowledge. Hence, if the sin is not repeated from today onwards, all the punishments of such type of sins get cancelled. But, remember that the file of the soul remains as it is since file is a record of various types of other sins also already committed. This file is called Samchita. Future punishments shall be added in this file in the name Aagami. The fruit to be enjoyed in this world itself is called as Praarabdham, which is of two types: 1) the past fruit that caused the present life and 2) the fruits of present intensive deeds (good or bad) did in this life to be enjoyed in this world itself immediately. The heaven and hell exist in the upper worlds for all normal routine deeds, but, both the heaven and hell exist here in this world also for intensive deeds.
How to get the total file destroyed so that we can escape the punishments of all our past sins computerized as various types? Deletion of one type of sins cannot bring total solution. For this, total reformation is needed so that non-repetition of all types of sins can take place. This is possible only when you enter into work of propagation of spiritual knowledge in this world. During the propagation, concepts are again and again get repeated continuously and this process of impressions on mind (Mananam) leads to digestion of concepts permanently in your brain (Nididhyaasa). The Veda says “Here, memorise and digest” (shrotavyo...). Since you are in the work of divine service of propagation of spiritual knowledge, God will order to keep your file in cold storage since the soul in the work should not be disturbed by implementation of the file. Of course, the interests are continuously added in the file. Don’t worry about this interest. Once you are totally reformed, your file, the record of principle and interest shall be burnt since there is no need of punishments if the soul is really reformed, proved by non-repetition of any type of sin from today onwards.
At the lotus feet of Shri Swami