WHAT EXACTLY IS DASHAMAMSHA OR TITHING?
Every spiritual path has an avenue for people to give back to the Universe. Hindus call it Dashamamsha or tithing. While tithing is traditionally one-tenth of one's income, many people give whatever amount they can. Hindu elders say if you have never tithed before, start with three per cent of your income. Tithing is not something that will deplete your resources, but multiply and increase it.
TITHING'S MANY BLESSINGS
“There is no compulsion for Hindus to give either to religious institutions and groups. However, one of the niyamas is dana/charitable giving. This impulse to give has to come from inside and the ideal is to give generously from the heart and without thought or expectation of any type of reward including publicity.”
We, at this website, do NOT recommend donating to any organization, no matter how good their promos and photo ops look, because many of them have highly-trained professional fundraisers or brainwashed devotees handling their publicity. Many of these charities we have found, even the best of them, are used by their owners to enhance their own power and status in society; to give themselves legitimacy; buy awards and titles for themselves, and then use the vast monies they raise for their own personal needs.
So our advice to our readers is: Feed people you know directly with your own hands as opposed to giving your money to a charity and then losing control of how it is used.
Educate a child you know by paying directly to the school or meet the medical needs of someone you know by paying directly to the hospital or dispensary.
This way you will remain in control of how your hard-earned money is used and you will not incur the additional karma of your money being diverted to uses you did not authorize. Besides, the people you know are, in all probability, the people YOU have karma to resolve.
Also please do NOT take photographs of people you are helping so you can use them for purposes of publicity later. Charity is a very sacred and deeply spiritual practice where the person taking from you is helping you release your karma. THEY are doing you a favour. YOU are NOT doing them a favour at all. By taking photographs of people you are helping and using them later to raise more funds, you will be creating bad karma for yourself and not releasing any karma.