In most cultures making Gifts and donations is seen as a ladder to personal and spiritual growth. A growth towards the status of a Better human being.
In most cultures and religions, giving gifts to loved ones & friends and helping the poor is seen as a great virtue or a Great Act. The person who donates or bestows gifts on fellow humans is seen as an elevated human being (moving closer towards God in thought and status). The more gifts and donations one makes, the better human being he/she is perceived to be (by society and may be by God, the Supreme Master).
In Indian culture making Gifts and donations is seen as a ladder to personal and spiritual growth. A growth towards the status of a Better human being.
Does Human growth ends at that? That’s making Gifts and donations.
What about Accepting Gifts?
Or for that matter accepting Praise?
It’s often seen that while making gifts and donations is much emphasised; Accepting gifts is quite underestimated.
As a result, people who make gifts and donations, are somewhat nosy or reluctant (to the extent of disrespect), when it is their turn to accept gifts. Their big ego comes in their way.
Actually, the way one accepts gifts and praise, speaks volumes about him/her. It also elevates or diminishes them as a human being. Only a person who is confident, satisfied and well grounded can accept Gifts and praise with grace. Accepting Gifts and praise in a humble, gracious manner also helps us grow (personally, spiritually and socially).
So next time someone bestows a gift on you or praises you, fold your hands, bow your head and say ‘Dhanyavad’ (Thank You!) . You instantly feel elevated, As a Human.