do we keep a money box before the Guru
Granth Sahib? Is God greedy?
Is God greedy?
A Sikh makes his offerings (money, groceries,
etc.) before the Guru to express his thanks
for His favors. We do not give donations
or charity to God or the Guru. It is way
of expressing our love and regards for
Him. One example will explain it.
A professor takes great interest in his
student. He loves him and helps him in
his studies. The student obtains a degree
and finds a good job. He brings a gift
of sweets to his teacher to say my teacher,
thank you for all you did to help me through
my education. It has enabled me to get
a nice job. The student is not giving
a charity or a donation to his teacher
by offering him the sweets but expressing
his love and respect to him through it.
In the same way, a Sikh goes to the Gurdwara
for expressing his thanks to God and to
the Guru for the favors he is enjoying
as a human being. Sikhs consider this
life as a gift of God for singing His
praises. We are not born sinners as some
Christians think it to be.
Further, when we give money for social
cause, it again is not a charity or donation
according to Sikh philosophy. This is
sharing of earnings with others. A father
brings some candy bars and gives them
to one of his children. The child shares
these with all his brothers and sisters.
He is not donating or giving charity to
his sisters or brothers by sharing the
gifts given by their father. Similarly
God is our Father. He has created all
things for His children who are supposed
to share His gifts among themselves. This
act of sharing is our responsibility.
By doing so we are not obliging anyone
but doing our duty assigned to us by our
God is the creator of everything. He owns
everything in this universe. God does
not need "out" money. If a child offers
a glass of juice to his father or mother,
he is not giving it as a "charity" to
them. Since everything in the house belongs
to his parents, his act only shows his
correct behavior. Actually, by this the
parents educate their children to share
the things in the house with their relatives
and friends, as a matter of good conduct
and responsible behavior. God being the
Owner of everything in this world, and
the Giver of everything to us, the question
of His being greedy does not arise.
Where does the money go?
Every religious organization/center is
run by the contributions of the believers
of that faith. Money is needed for maintenance
of the buildings and for running the organization.
Such expenses are met out of the offerings
made by the visitors to the Gurdwara.
Money is also spent for funding the projects
to educate the members and their children
about the faith.