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Stop Bribing The God! Donate Money To The Hungry & Beggers Instead.

By on Jul 8, 2011 | 8 comments

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I’ve always been against donating money to God. I mean, who the hell are we to donate money to T-H-E G-O-D, the Alpha & The Omega? Every time most of us visit the temple, with our list of demands, we read it out to the GOD and then propose a business deal : God, if you do this – I’ll do that. God, if you give me success in business, I’ll donate 40% …no..umm, 5% to you. Deal! Done?

Hungry Begger Kid

Make Him Happy

Give me a break! Having faith in God is one thing – and doing business with God is different. I too have faith in God and make it a point to visit temple only to say ‘thank you’ (I know, doesn’t make much sense). Now you might argue that donating money to God or temple is one way of saying ‘thank you’. Let me tell you – the money that you donate to already rich temples and ‘God’, goes only in making the trust that manages the temple richer. Does it help anyone? No!

I’ve a plan for all of you instead. Do let me know whether it makes sense and you’re going to act on it. Whenever you plan to donate money to temple; keep it aside in your pocket. Say in terms of 5,10,20,50 rupee currency notes. Donate them to the hungry kid who begs at traffic signal. I’m not saying this is an incredibly right thing to do – but if you could cease someone’s hunger for at least 1 day – you’ll get more satisfaction and I’m guess, God will feel good about it. You’re just offloading some of God’s work.

If you are a rich person, don’t donate lakhs and crores of rupees to temple. Instead, build a small hospital or a school where it’s needed. I’m going to do the same, I promise. Makes sense, right?



8 Comments

  1. Believer in God

    July 8, 2011

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    “You’re just offloading some of God’s work.”…. awesome! yup I’m gonna start doing it.

  2. Sanket

    July 9, 2011

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    Absolutely agree!

    The existence of hunger among the poor is more certain than the existence of God.

    But one more point should be noted that some temples use most of the money that they get in hosting free dinners everyday. for instance the Gurudwaras hold Langhars which essentially feed the poor. So one should do a check on a temple and see what it does with the money. If the trust simply buys a gold statue with it , no point in donating. But if like a Sai-baba temple I know of (which is actually just a tree with a miniature statue under it), the trust holds frequent bhandaras there is not a big harm in donating.

    • The Big K

      July 9, 2011

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      Well, I agree. There are trusts that provide free food and engage into social activities. My only concern is that we tend to ignore the poor, hungry people roadside. Plus, I don’t like the fact that lot of people donate huge sums of money to temples. Tirupathy, for example – gets richer and richer every day. Not sure whether the trust keeps bare minimum to keep functioning and utilize the rest of the money in social activities. 

      • Sahithi Pallavi

        July 10, 2011

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        Nice! Making the temple trustees more richer is waste! And yes We can give to the hungry instead! And its based on the temple management! And Regarding Tirupathi – Yes as we know Tirupathi gets lots of income..no no.. tons and tons of income from the visitors.  What I know is They use that money to develop the temple, to develop the tirumala, to provide more facilities to the visitors. And they provide the free tiffins, lunch and dinners to the visitors/people and they provide the cottages for the visitors at very low cost and so on…  And Most of the temples do these kind of activities.  Won’t they come under social activities?

        • Kamal Kannan

          July 11, 2011

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          Agreed. More so because I heard that a kerala ministers house was pelted with stones because he was of the view that the treasures found in a temple must be taken by the government for public welfare. Seems some people felt it was Gods property. What is God going to do with jewelery made by man. I seriously dont find reasons to donate to God if all the money was going to do is sleep in the vault.
          Some temple trusts are good but not transparent.
          Help the poor in the name of God instead.Yes.

          • Sahithi Pallavi

            July 11, 2011

            Agreed. You are right, As I said tirupathi spends lots of income for the activities but at the same time, the trustees eat away some part, they are not transparent.  That makes a point. And we find ‘The Good’ very rare in the society. So its always better to talk about ‘The Huge’. Untrusted, Unfair Trustees are in Huge now. So, its better to help the poor but not by giving them the money, by giving the things what they need 🙂

      • Sanket

        July 10, 2011

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        That is quite true. Any trust will have some loss of efficiency and the big temples (of you model them as trusts for poor) have a very poor efficiency. As they invest mostly in buying gold statues and gold-plating their temple walls and whatnot. I believe this issue is in news due to the treasure found down south. In case  they decide to donate it(highly unlikely)for nobler purposes , the govt shouldn’t be involved. Cause whenever the sum of the order of lakh crore comes to mind , one is reminded of 2G spectrum !!

  3. Kamal Kannan

    July 11, 2011

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    Agreed. More so because I heard that a kerala ministers house was pelted with stones because he was of the view that the treasures found in a temple must be taken by the government for public welfare. Seems some people felt it was Gods property. What is God going to do with jewelery made by man. I seriously dont find reasons to donate to God if all the money was going to do is sleep in the vault.
    Some temple trusts are good but not transparent.
    Help the poor in the name of God instead.Yes.

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