I get frustrated with all of these fruity spiritualists that like to conflate pleasantness with spirituality and feminine judgments with wisdom. They always argue in favor of mercy and charity and they reward failure. If they had ever been on a spiritual path or taken a guru they would not be so full of themselves and their arrogant judgments.
Everywhere I go now somebody is asking for a donation or charity, when I buy pet food they ask if I want to donate, when I buy groceries and I use my card I have the option to donate, when I leave the store someone is there asking for my loose change. Not that this is relevant but America isn’t a first world country anymore. I think we should be worrying about taking care of ourselves, our families, our neighborhoods, and keeping our money in our economies.
You might be interested to know that Bhagwan Nityananda told people not to give homeless people handouts. They should be able to offer some service in exchange. This creates a pattern in the world that is undesirable. First of all it communicates to the beggar that they have nothing to offer. It rewards failure. You are not going to have less homelessness and less beggars you will have more. In a way they do have a product that you are buying, guilt. They portray themselves as pathetic and make a visual appeal to your sympathy and you feel pity, or guilt. But who the fuck are you to feel pity? You are in relationship with your own superiority, reveling in it, relishing it. And then you get the homeless charities that try to humiliate you in public if you don’t donate something every time.
Let me explain a little about myself, I was homeless, and I never begged, I never made a spectacle of myself or a nuisance of myself. It took me five years to get entirely off the street and I fought and clawed my way to just above the poverty line, living paycheck to paycheck. Even when I was living in Everett Washington in an abandoned sewer pipe that was never installed in the middle of winter, and freezing wind would blow through that thing and the fire didn’t keep me warm, every morning I walked the 5 miles into town to the cavalry church and for 5 dollars an hour I did landscape maintenance.
I once saw this guy begging and someone gave him a dollar and he said, “is that all you got?” with righteous indignation in his voice. That is where the term “choosy beggar” comes from.
A little more about myself, I am a guru, a Shaktipat guru, a Jnani guru. I was initiated by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda. Nityananda is part of my spiritual lineage, Baba Muktananda was the guru of my guru and Nityananada was his guru. This American culture wants to think of itself as spiritual but it is doing so pretentiously, falsely, unconsciously, arrogantly.
I bet you think that Ghandi would give money to a beggar if he saw a homeless person don’t you? Well you are dead wrong. He wouldn’t, and if anybody tried to coerce him he would have protested loudly. Ghandi’s grandson Arun once tossed out a pencil on the way home from school because it was too small in his estimation. Ghandi made him go back and look for it for hours until he found it, and refused to buy him a new one. It was a lesson to be appreciative and efficient and humble. Not wasteful and flamboyant, and it was one single, tiny, little pencil.