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?
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?