Charity is a mingalar. It us a source of great benefuts abd happiness. The following story would serve as a good example:
Tissa was a poor villager, a family ma with a wifeand a daughter.One day, the vallagers invited som sanhas(members of Buddhist Order) to their village and gave swun(rice and other eatable). Tissa was so poor tht he could only offer some bean paste. The bean paste was also of such poor quality that the sanghas could not eat it.
Tissa then mortgaged hisvchild daughter with awealth man fir fuve hundred cash units. With that money , he bought a dairy cow. His wife milked the cow, and dinated the milk to sanghas daily. Tissa went to work in another village to earn some money so that he could recover the daughter. After six months of work, he had save fuve hundred cash units and returned home.
On his way home, he ment with a venerable monk. It was approaching noon, but the monk has not eaten for the day. He tried to buy a food packet from another traveller, who would not sell it. After a lot of hard persuasion and gift of five hundred cash units, the man gave in. Tissa, with all his heart and soul, offered the packed of food to the venerable monk.
The venerable monk, after finishing the meal, came to know of the story in full. There was no end to his praise and wonderment. Before the left, he asked. Tissa of his name, the name of his wife and the child, also that of their village. The venerable put upvthe monastery of a great monk worshipped by the king.
He worked at vipassana bavana all through the night. He attained enlightenment and became an arahata before dawn. As this term of life had come to an end, he passed away on the same day. But, before passing away, he had talked to the venerable abbot of the monasterry suggesting that in case of any matter concerning him, Tissa might kindly be sent for and, that he could be asked to perform any duty required of him. Tissa’s address was also given.
The abbotbreported the demise of the venerable monk to the king. The king and the people prepared to cremate the remains of the monk. But, the remains could not be lifted.
At least, Tissa was sent for and asjed to move the body. Tissa carried through all the rites of the cremation ceremony till it was successful done.
The king gave Tissa award of thirty six million cash units. Tissa, his wife and yhe daughter were a rich family overnight. That, indeed, was the benefit of a charity born of the will of a heart.
Written by Sayar Min Yu Wai
Translated by Sayar U Nyi (Myanmar to Eng)
Source : Mingalarsara Dipani (Old Version)