The Tithing Commitment, part 3

Gurudeva concludes his discussion of the spiritual discipline of tithing by spelling it out in its perfect simplicity, for it is a simple practice. Though, as Gurudeva also explains, some would like to make it very complicated.

Unedited Transcript:

It is a very simple practise. The payment first - give God's money back to God.

Someone gives you $10, $1 goes to God, the rest is for you. You get a paycheck for $1000, you dont say, "Well, I cant give a $100 of the $1000, because some went to social security and others went to other different benefits as deductions." No. You give the $100.

It is a clean-cut vrata. If one takes this vrata, vow, that they are going to practise tithing, they should do so a 100% or cancel the vow and release themselves from that commitment. (And those,)It has been our experience, [those] who tithe openly and honestly, spontaneously also give 10% of their time in service. (And)Those who live beyond their means and juggle their income and manipulate don't have time to give 10% of their time for religious service. That has been our experience.

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