SACRIFICE – A SACRED ACT OF GIVING
Whilst we dole out something with detachment
To meet somebody else’s needs
Without any expectations of any kind
Of return back
In cash or in any variety conceivable
But earn immensely
Of person given graciously
As a an empathy
With a sacred intent
Earning in the process in the end
The bounties of the Almighty God
Contrarily, giving something
To anybody, any time
To meet the need
With an undertaking
To pay back that ‘something’
With ample surety
Or with strings attached
Is giving with no sacred intent
For it is egoistically inclined.
Ibrahim’s Test of the Sacrifice of Isma`il, and how Allah blessed Him provides us a great lesson in Sacrifice and its true meaning.
Bible: Jesus’ death for us was the perfect sacrifice. God forgives us because Jesus died for us.
First of all, it is worthwhile to understand the difference between giving and sacrificing something. When we share something, it is giving – may be on the basis of giving and taking. If I meet somebody’s requirement today, then that person will meet my need in future; on mutual terms and conditions. Sacrifice, on the other hand is also giving but without any anticipation or willingness to take back or there is no agreement of return back. It could be termed as the benevolence or compassion, graciousness of the person concerned which is dear to Almighty God. It could be construed as giving amounting to total surrender by body, tongue and mind.
The word sacrifice has originated from two syllables, in Latin, ‘sacra’ and ‘facere’ which meaning – to perform sacred rites. The significance of the word sacrifice; meaning to give voluntarily, without any coercion with no expectations of return back for serving a better cause. Sacrifice is in fact a sacred act for serving a admirable cause.
The importance of Yajna was highlighted by Modiji, the PM of India, for getting something tangible, we have to foresake or give up something in return. Remonitisation is equavalent to Yajna (sacrifice). He had mentioned that people of India have to withstand some pain for ultimate gain. The people of India sacrificed their comforts for 50 days, standing in queues for getting money at the ATM counters. In the process proving that for ridding the country of fake currency notes by unscrupluous elements, put a plug on the generation of black money by not paying the legitimate taxes, hit on the benami property, stoppage of funding of nefarious acts prejudicial to the interests of the country etc. we all had to sacrifice. When we have to get maximum benefits for long term gains, we have to give up some comforts. It is also a fact that for some gain, we have to undergo some pain in the form of sacrifices.
It could be be consrued that any Karma performed without any expectations by the doer is termed as sacrifice. The significance of sacrifice has been revealed amply, in Ramyana epic, when we quote with highest reverence the services rendered by Ram Bhakta Hanuman Ji, while Sri Ram Ji fought war with demon king Ravana to free Sita Maa from his clutches. His unstinted dedication, devotion to duty besides unparalleled commitment and sacrifice rendered by Hanuman Ji is well known. He is the embodiment of highest knowledge, bravery, power besides imagination of highest order. The prime example of self sacrifice is quoted as an example when we remember the services delivered by Lord Hanuman Ji.
Hindu scripures give description of ritualistic sacrifices made to please Gods and Demi-Gods. Yajna, meaning sacrifice is performed to please God wherein different mantras such as Gyatri Mantra, Maha Marunjya Mantra are chanted to offer obeisence to Sun deity and Lord Shiva respectively to get ultimate gain spiritually.
- Significance of sacrifice for spiritual advancement. If we want that we advance spiritually, it is paramount that we sacrifice our own comforts and render service to the needy without any expectation in return. This way we as humans can render selfless services to the needy fellow beings with the avowed notion that service to humankind is the best one and essential for spiritual forward march.
- Supreme sacrifice. Supreme sacrifice is consciously taking the risk one’s own life, to save the life of living being (s) struggling for life, beyond the dharma to protect one’s own life unmindful of the consequences, including death. It could also be called as a service for which one is paid for the risk taking in the line of duty.
- Saints / Gurus as an epitome of immense sacrifice. Saints / Gurus are the special messengers of Almighty God to spread His message without even an iota of expectation of any return whatsoever. They give their precious time and energy to spiritually energise the others’ spirits/souls even suffering in the process. History is the guide to enlighten us in the context.
- Students sacrifice their internet or tv time for studies. Students have to devote their time and focused attention in order to garner maximum benefit from the studies. This way, they’ll have to sacrifice their time being hitherto utilized on entertainments etc. and invest on studies otherwise.
- Parents sacrifice their comforts to give quality time to their children. In order to give value system to their offspring, the parents, especially the mother, sacrifice their precious time and energy including all their comforts. This invariably helps the children to imbibe the traditional, cultural, moral and ethical modes of behavior which help them in their future life.