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"Thank You, God" Tithing Newsletter

The Ten Percent Solution
July 29, 2010

Dear Friend,

A number of years ago a survey was conducted which asked people if they were happy with their present incomes. The vast majority, regardless of how much or how little money they earned, replied, “I’d be happy if I could only earn 10% more.” Is this 10% figure a coincidence? From my personal experience and the experience of the many friends I know that tithe regularly, if those same people tithed 10% with deep gratitude and faith in God, that persistent feeling of lack, of “not quite enough,” would vanish.

“If you tithe a portion of your income to God, you will find that, far from depriving yourself, you will be blessed by the Source of all abundance, God. All real security comes from Him. Until you understand and accept this truth, your path through life will forever remain uncertain. But the more you live for Him, the more you will find Him taking care of you—even in the smallest details of your life.”
— Swami Kriyananda, Money Magnetism

Everyone on this planet has “issues” to work out. Many of these issues revolve around the heart. One of the best methods for overcoming negative emotions of the heart is to stop thinking about them and yourself and think more of others. That is where tithing comes in. Regular tithers feel a connection with a greater reality—a connection which is a powerful antidote to the limiting thought, “But, what about ME?”

The more we cling to a narrow focus on our own life and problems the more happiness will elude us. The more we seek to expand our self-identity, sensitively responding to all of creation as part of our own Self, the more we will live in unshakable inner joy. Expansion is a key component to spiritual growth, and tithing is one more way we can affirm our Oneness with all that is.

How best to decide on a tithing percentage to start with? Two questions to ask yourself are, “Can I give this percentage with joy?” and “Does it feel like a bit of a stretch that’s right at the edge of my faith in God?” If the answer to both these questions is, “Yes,” then you’ve probably found a good starting point.

Agree in your heart with God on a percentage of your income that you will give to Him. Then, as you begin to tithe that percentage, whatever its source, watch as whatever fear and “tightness” you may have around money and work begin to melt away. You will find yourself increasingly relaxed and at rest in this new relationship with the Divine Source. Gratitude and love will flow in through this new window you’ve opened to God’s grace, and your desire to open that window wider and wider increases.

Make your tithe monthly, or every paycheck, or tithe on every bank deposit you make. It is up to you. One tempting pitfall to avoid: Don’t allow yourself to wait to tithe until you get that big check you expect in six months, at the end of the year, or around tax refund time. Tithing is a means to help you build a loving relationship with God, as the Source of your well-being.

Don’t let your ego get in the way with the thought that you have to give 10 percent. If you’ve decided to start at 2% written on each bank deposit and that turns out to be $3.20, don’t let pride keep you from writing that check. Or you may feel badly in the thought that such a small amount won’t help God’s work very much. That is not the point. Your growing faith and freedom from relying on the material world to support you is His work. Tithing will help you grow spiritually.

Joy to you!

Dave Bingham
Thank You, God

 

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4 Responses

  1. Bhushan says:

    I liked it but sometimes i prefer to give the needy people help in cash or kind dont you think this way also GOD becomes happy. I also sometimes extend my service to needy people using my influence whic may help somebody to get job or may be concession in medical service etc dont you think this way also GOD becomes happy.

  2. Asha Rodriguez says:

    I agree with Bhushan. I have tried to give to churches only to see the pastors squander the money on themselves with lavish trips and expensive cars. I think to myself, how is this helping God? I decided to instead, give money to places such as “Habitat for Humanity”, or simply donate my time to someone in need. I also have been giving to Paramhansa Yogananda’s Foundation. Everytime I give to his foundation, I truly feel in my heart that it is going straight into God’s hands.

    • Dave says:

      Of course, some people are greedy. But not all organizations are “lining their pockets with people donations.” The only way you can know us is to come to Ananda Village and see how simply we all live.

      Besides, tithing is not really about the money. It is about the energy behind that money and our willingness to give to God all that we are. It is about discipleship and opening our heart so that we can receive the Divine.

      A tithe is between you and God. Since we can’t give to God directly, we give to the point of our spiritual inspiration. Some individuals get a lot of inspiration at Ananda Online and give to Ananda. But each person gets to decide how and where to tithe.

      No matter where you decide to give, watch your heart. If it feels expansive, like you described Asha, then you are doing the right thing spiritually for your own growth.

 
Dave Bingham

Dave Bingham

thankyougod@ananda.org

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Testimonial

Several years ago I began to pray sincerely about the issue of tithing.

To give a tenth of my montly income would mean I could not meet my basic bills, so I came up with a solution.

I began with a percentage I could sensibly manage, and every year I joyfully increase that percentage by a sustainable increment.

My “Day of Increase” has become a special occasion which I celebrate with Divine Mother.

I offer flowers, sing, and give thanks to Her strength and the wisdom of making small, sustainable steps.

Blessings to you,

-B.P.

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