You Say You Want Nothing In Return

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[Maya on Selfless Giving]

I want you to know that giving and not wanting something in return is the hardest thing I have ever done. Because even as I walk away feeling all wonderful and righteous, I am wondering if he noticed that I took the time to leave that bone in the right place for Seamus to find.

That said, Seamus would never want my old bones anyway, but just the fact that I would pretend that he would is a big step for my terrier nature to take towards compassion and Selfless giving.

This all started when mom came home from listening to someone called a Swami speak about unconditional giving. She was in the mood to talk, having sat for a good hour listening, and we were the captive receivers of her banter.

MOM
It was an interesting lecture, pups, I wish you had been there. When I could understand what the Swami was saying with his thick accent, I chuckled along with the rest at his depiction of how humans give to others thinking it is Selfless when in fact we are hurt if there is not even a thank you for our generosity.

SEAMUS
I know what you mean, mom, Maya never says thank you when I let her get to Tessa’s food bowl before I do.

MAYA
Ha, you don’t “let” me, I’m just faster.

MOM
Oh? And how Selfless is it to crowd Tessa while she attempts to enjoy her meal?

MAYA
Do people really give without expecting anything in return, even a thank you?

MOM
Well, that’s how it’s supposed to work. In order to evolve your spiritual practice Karma yoga is one of the path’s you take and Selfless giving is the action that constantly whupps your hinny.

SEAMUS
Whupps your what?

MAYA
Hinny, dumbo, it means….hmm, not sure what it means.

MOM
It takes time and much practice to develop a giving nature, but as you do so it becomes easier; and after awhile your mind naturally begins to think of others before yourself.

SEAMUS
I know, I know, when you give to others you generate the cycle of energy that works like a boomerang. What you send out comes back to you, both in thought and action.

MAYA
How did you know that?

SEAMUS
Ha, we Shih Tzu’s are pretty smart. Not bad, eh?

Ms. Tessa chose this moment to come bounding down the steps to preach her truth to us sub-level doggies.

TESSA
I was listening to what you were saying mom, and these sub-level doggies have no idea what you are talking about; but I, brilliant feline and compassionate cat, give what I can and always expect the favor to be returned.

MOM
That’s not the point to the lesson though, Tessa.

TESSA
To you it’s not, but I know that others want to return the favor or they will feel they owe me. It’s best to let them get it off their conscious and hopefully give back generously.

SEAMUS
That’s so selfish, Tessa!

MAYA
I totally get where you’re coming from there Tess, and agree one hundred percent.

MOM
Well, I think I have lost control of this conversation. Let’s say there is a big disaster and you send money to help with the rescue attempts. Should you expect someone to come to your door and thank you personally for your donation? No, you should not and that would be considered Selfless giving.

MAYA
Actually, not necessarily, mom. Unless you give generously and there is no warm, fuzzy feeling of just how good a person you are to send the money; and then later you drop what you did into conversation with your girlfriends, after you bring up the news of the disaster.

SEAMUS
Right, right, you just happen to ask what organization they donated to for disaster relief and that you donated to……

MAYA
But then they all smile at you and say how wonderful you are for sending your hard earned money to some small country thousands of miles away with no idea if it will ever get to the right place.

TESSA
Yeah, that maybe those few precious dollars are being tucked into the pocket of some non-profit executive picking up his mistress for a night on the town.

MAYA-SEAMUS-TESSA
Hahahahahahahahahahahah……

SEAMUS
So true! And then, heeheehee, you feel all good about yourself being so Selfless and then you use the donation as a tax right-off.

MAYA
Hahaha, good one, Shay! My favorite is when you give to someone and later you feel slighted and hurt because they forgot all about it and turn around and are rude to you. Haahaahaa.

TESSA
Ohhh, gosh my stomach aches from laughing so hard. The tricky one though is when you give and then say, “Just pass it forward”, that’s still getting something back for your efforts to be Selfless and unattached.  See, it’s useless to even try, because the mind is so fixated on its self.

MOM
I get the feeling that the three of you are not quite getting the point to all of this or else you are getting it much to well. I need to take you three to speak to the Swami.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. What a hilarious way to get a great message across! I doubt that anyone who reads this will forget it anytime soon. Terrific!

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    1. Wonderful! So glad you enjoyed it.

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