By Ralph Calabria
If you compare these two actions – give and receive- is there one which makes you happier in your life? How you answer this question reveals a lot about your interests and priorities in life. It shows your priorities in love, the sweetest mystery of all time and which action makes you happier.
Jesus is often called the Incarnation of love. Yogananda is referred to as the Avatar of love. All mystics say that love is the sweetest mystery of life and the fundamental reason for the Creator creating everything and all sentient beings.
The most common social activity between two people consists of giving and receiving. In comparing these two Jesus, said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) But did Jesus actually said, “more blessed?”
Let us look at this Greek word, makarios (μακάριος), which has been translated into English as “blessed.” The word origin of makarios is from makar (happy); a poetical form meaning by extension, happier.
I think therefore, that it should have been translated as “There is more happiness in giving then there is in receiving.” This would have made more sense from the comparison made by Jesus and easier to follow and understand.
Jesus is making a comparison between the actions of giving and receiving. He does not make a judgment that giving is great and receiving is horrible! He just wants us to be happy, so he tells us that giving makes us happier than receiving.
But why does Jesus say giving make us happier? How does he come to this conclusion?
Jesus, like all Kriya yoga Masters, suggest immersing oneself in this loving attitude of giving in order to be happier- to expand, to grow in love and have life more abundantly. Giving gradually decreases the obscuring shadow from our ego, (our false self) which lives to get and forget. This ego-veil blocks out the wisdom and love of our soul.
This is why Jesus, Yogananda, and Enlightened ones work so hard to encourage us – to help us recognize our true god image, our true soul identity, and our true connection with humanity.
Here is what Jesus said about you! “Is it not written in your law, I have said you are gods” (John 10:34). Read it and receive it!
So, ask yourself, “Am I happier when I receive love or when I give love?” Love gives and forgives. Love establishes the greatest sharing between humans. Love installs the eternal ecstasy of communion between God and the human soul, which leads you into eternal happiness – “That love will never be taken away from your heart.”
A true lover will say, “Your love is worth more than money,” because true love is eternal and a blessing. This does not mean that money has no value, but its value is limited because love is eternal, more satisfying, it completes us; it is our heart and soul’s most precious treasure.
Thomas Jefferson, wrote, “I believe … that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.” He also wrote in the Declaration of Independence that one of the rights of all men is “the pursuit of Happiness.” In other words, all people want to be able to receive happiness.
And yet, I do not understand why so many people allow negative, destructive psychological quirks to drive them to believe that Jesus does not want us to be happy? It might be because people subconsciously believe that they do not deserve to receive happiness. It is ironic, but how many times have you heard someone say immediately after they receive a happy surprise, “I don’t believe it?” Why not?
Here are some of many sayings Jesus tells us about receiving, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Matthew 21:22). Jesus also said, “For every one that asketh, receiveth;” (Matt 7:8).
In your life, what have you found to be the case? Especially in terms of love, does receiving love make you happier, or does giving love make you happier? Reflect upon what Jesus said about these two actions. Both are a part of your life.
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