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story – In the Mahabharata, Yudhishthira used to ask very different questions to the sage Ved Vyas. One day he asked, ‘I want to know from you whether charity is big or austerity?’
Vyasji said, ‘If I tell like this, then I will not understand. Let me tell you a story. There was a Maharishi named Mudgal, he was running his life by asking for alms. In the alms, they used to get flour, food items, incense etc. Among these things, he used to make food for himself and worshiped Havan etc.
They used to remain hungry for two days in a month, these two days were of Amavasya and Poornima. On these two dates, the sage Durvasa used to visit Mudgal. After giving food to Durvasa Muni, Mudgalji had nothing left to eat.
Durvasaji knew this. One day he asked Mudgalji, ‘You keep yourself hungry by giving me food, but I have never seen the symptoms of anxiety, discomfort or hunger on your face’.
Mudgalji said, ‘Donation is top for me and food donation is the best. I am satisfied after feeding you. ‘
When the angels heard this, they said to the sage Mudgal, ‘Your place is in heaven, because those who go to heaven do virtue. Virtue is attained by austerity and charity. The person who has more virtues, goes to heaven and whose merits end, he goes to hell. Your donations have increased due to food donation.
Mudgal Rishi said, ‘I do not sit in the equation of virtue that comes from charity. I just want to donate. ‘
Penance is sometimes performed for oneself, but charity is always done for the good of others. Donation should not be considered, it will increase virtue. ‘
Vyasji further said to Yudhishthira, ‘It is charity to fulfill the needs of others. Therefore charity is superior to asceticism. ‘
Learning – It is charity to help others in their difficult times. For those who donate body, mind, wealth and people, nature definitely gives them some good gift in return.