If dhaanam received, then half of paapam of donor rec’d and hence pariharam required?

Updated on August 26, 2020 in Karma
8 on August 24, 2020

Sri Swamikku, Namaskaaram.

If dhaanam rec’d from donor, will the recipient also gets half of paapam of donor? Due to this, is the recipient supposed to perform prayaschittham to escape from paapam affliction due to being a recipient of dhaanam? Please reply, Swamy.

Concerned because, as I do receive occasionally food from well-wishers, as they provide out of affection-will this concept also applies here; also there is a category of knowledge dhaanam-how to take such things in these lines.

Adiyen
Ramanujadaasan.

 
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RS swamy, Namaskaram.

Thank you for this important question about dhanam. Only now I realise this question has been in me for a long time but I never got to ask anyone. Thank you. Let us wait to hear from our Swamy.

I would like to see point about accepting food from others as a completely different deep discussion in itself. It is very important what we eat. Our swamy has many times quoted:

ahara-suddhau sattva-suddhih
sattva-suddhau dhruva smrtih
smrti-lambhe sarvagranthinam vipramoksah
Chandogya Upanisad (7.26.2)

It is by the purity of food that ones mind becomes purified and
sättvika(mood of goodness). When the mind is purified, one attains a stable memory. When the memory is stable, all the knots of the heart are untied.

So, kindly be careful in accepting food items from others. Eat only if you are certain that it fits all the criteria of ahara niyamam described in Bhagavad GIta 17th chapter. If you are not certain, then a little intelligence and deep prayer will easily help us avoid eating that food without hurting others’ feelings in any way.

Instruction on how to accept dhanam is given by none less than our Vamana Perumal. Maharaja-Bali tells Vamana Perumal to ask for more, not just three steps of land, because he is such a big king and he can give anything! At that point Vamana Perumal instructs us all that one should not accept even a little bit more than what one actually needs; anything received in excess one must be able to use that in Perumal’s kainkaryam soon. If such kainkaryam opportunity it not present then one must not accept at all. But there are some things we can not use in kainkaryam also. Suppose, you receive a shirt as gift from someone it is best to tell them you have enough and it is better if they give to someone needy. In circumstances where we are unable to no accept, then we may receive with detachment and pass it on to someone needy with detachment and due prayers to Perumal.

I hope our Swamy will take up this question and give us a clear understanding of how to apply the correct principle in our day to day life.

Thank you very much.

adiyen dasan.

on August 25, 2020

Kambandasan swamy,

Your statement
“you receive a shirt as gift from someone”

Is dhaanam and gift are considered same. If it so, then more clarification would be required e.g., gifts received during marriages etc.,

adiyen

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Jayaram swamy,

namaskaram. thoughtful question. I don’t know where to draw the line. I hope our Swamy will address this topic soon.

adiyen dasan.

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Swami, please listen to Enpani audios related to தானம் 279, 1179,1193, 1284, 1362. 

While these are primarily told from a givers perspective but adiyen believes we can understand from a givers perspective as well and also clearly explains what is தானம். 

Adiyen

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2 on August 26, 2020

Namaskaaram, Swamy.

Thanks to All Swamy (s), for having shared your key insights, on this topic.

When we have lunch in office, others share food, because sharing food is a good gesture, as told right from schooling days. But still we have to exercise caution – as food preparation might have violated norms, prescribed in Shastras. This lowkika life is more prone to slips from prescribed way of life.

Just a thought: while giving dhaanam, a donor can do it in a saatvic manner, without expecting anything in return (of course, still the donor is going to reap punyam), but it looks, the receiver can hardly do the act of receiving dhaanam without expectations. At least for this reason, everyone can aim to be a donor. Isn’t?

Hope we get more clarity from Sri Swamy.

Adiyen
Ramanujadaasan.

When we have lunch in office, others share food, because sharing food is a good gesture, as told right from schooling days. But still we have to exercise caution – as food preparation might have violated norms, prescribed in Shastras. This lowkika life is more prone to slips from prescribed way of life.From RS

Now is the best time to get out of this unhygenic social habit; use covid as the reason and avoid sharing food; simply continue from now on. No body will mistake you.

adiyend dasan.

“Sharing food is a good gesture” – the correct understanding of this age old instruction is, we must share food with those who do not have any. We should not selfishly eat our food and hoard more for tomorrow.

Mutual exchange of food arises more out of desire to taste a variery of food than the intended reason of making food available to those who do not have.

 

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Sri Kambandasan Swamy,

Many Thanks for conveying the higher principles and the right perspective and ways that could be followed.

Adiyen
Ramanujadaasan.

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