O monks, if people knew, as I know, the result of giving and sharing, they would not eat without having given, now would they allow the stain of niggardliness to obsess them and take root in their minds. Even if it were their last morsel, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared it, if there were someone to share it with.

We all have something we can, and should, share. Whether it be food, clothing, or simply some knowledge or skill we could teach to others for their benefit. And the benefits of sharing are great. They include, for starters, the positive energy sent to us by those we have helped. Then there is the grace of God that we receive for our generosity. Also, when we need something, others are far more likely to share with us if we have shared as well, even if not with those specific individuals.


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