Four kind of offering

ONCE UPON A TIME, there was a rich man, who used to invite all the Brahmins of the neighborhood to his house and giving them rich gifts offered great scarifies to the Gods but Buddha said if a man each month repeat a thousand sacrifices and give offerings without ceasing he is not equal to him who but for one moment fixes his mind on righteousness”. the Buddha continued: ” there are four kinds of offering :

1. When the gifts are large and the merits small

2. When the gifts are small and the merits small

3. When the gifts are small and the merits large

4. When the gift is large and the merits are also large.

“The first is the case of the deluded man who takes away life for the purpose of sacrifices to the Gods, accompanied by feasting. Here the gifts are great but the merit is small indeed. Next, the gifts are small and the merit is also small when from an evil heart, a man keeps to himself a part of that which he intends to offer. The merit is great, however, while the gift is small, when a man makes his offering from love and with a desire to growing wisdom and in kindness. And lastly, the gift is large and the merit is large, when a wealthy man, in an unselfish spirit and with the wisdom of a Buddha, gives donations and founds institutions for the best of mankind to enlighten the mind of his fellow men and to administer to their needs.”

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