ISAVASYA UPANISHAD : - Mantram -1.
ISAVASYA UPANISHAD :
VAJASANEYI SAMHITA UPANISHAD
Discussion- 12. "dhana" ..... ( charity )
The 'Puranic' ideal of charity ( dhanam ) also can be read into this phrase
Giving is the true enjoyment of wealth.
Make wealth as much as you can by right means, and hold on to it as a trustee.
Give it away intelligently to patronise right causes.... .......
Covet not wealth, nor hoard it to lie idle.
For, whose is the wealth?
It belongs to the community, and it must go back.
Yours shall be the enjoyment ....... of making it, of distributing it back to the
deserving individuals or institutions.
Just to show how Samskrtam commentators have used their ingenuity to milk out of the Mantram more and more meaning, here mentioned how
"Tena tyaktena bhunjithah" has been interpreted as "Tena tyakte na bhunjithah" : 'By Him ( tena ) if forsaken ( tykte sati ) don't ( na ) enjoy
( bhunjithah) --- meaning "Never enjoy that which is God forsaken."
This is, however, not at all acceptable, as the splitting of 'tyaktena' is not permissible or acceptable.
But the suggestion is pregnant with its sweetness.
Next : Discussion - 13. "Do not covet the wealth of another." .....
To be continued ......