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WOW: Charity




Monday, January 18, 2010

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” - Mahatma Gandhi

OBG's WOW (Word of the Week) is Charity.  Charity is not only the name of a famous race horse, a software language, and a small town in Guyana, but more importantly, charity is the act of giving to those in need who are unable to help themselves. The noun charity entered the English language through the Old French word charité which was derived from the Latin caritas, which meant preciousness, dearness and high price. From this, in Christian theology, caritas became the standard Latin translation for the Greek word agapē, meaning an unlimited loving-kindness to all others, such as the love of God. In Judaism, tzedakah refers to the religious obligation to perform charity, and philanthropic acts, which Judaism emphasizes are important parts of living a spiritual life. Likewise, Dāna is a Sanskrit and Pali term meaning generosity or giving. In Buddhism, it also refers to the practice of cultivating generosity. Buddhists believe that giving, without seeking something in return, leads to greater spiritual wealth and reduces acquisitive impulses that ultimately lead to further suffering. So whether you are Christian, Jewish, Buddhist or any religion under the sun, remember to be charitable, give from your heart and give to those in need. We're all in this together. [Source: Wikipedia]

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