In modern teachings, one does not have to give 10 % of their income in order to practice tithing.
Ten percent is the goal but one can start with 3% or 5% of their income. The discovery of the
true meaning of tithing is revealed when an explanation of its use is taught to the individual.
Many of the ancient teachings go hand–in–hand with other great principles taught by all great
religions. This teachings dovetail and correlate with each other so together they all interrelate
in the outcome. One of the teachings is The Law of Compensation also known as the Law of
Karma. There are other teachings such as the Golden Rule: “Do unto others what you would
have others do unto you”. These instructions are interrelated and teach us that when we are
kind to others, others will be kind to us. The Law of Karma or Law of Compensation tells us, “As
we sow, we reap”. As we sow kindness, we will reap kindness. If we sow happiness and smiles,
then happiness and smiles will return to us. There is also the teaching of what not to do. “Do
not do unto other the things that you do not want others to do unto you”. This instruction
teaches us if you do not want people to frown at you all the time, then you should stop
frowning at the people you meet. If you do not want people cutting you off in traffic when you
are driving, then you should stop cutting people off in traffic when you drive. Again, as you sow
you reap. You get what back what you put in. The question is, what are you putting in and what
have you been getting back?
These simple rules or instructions teach us that there are two sides to all actions. Also, there is
some great underlying principle in which they operate, namely the Law of Compensation or The
Law of Karma. “What we sow we reap”. There is a cause and an effect. If you sow seeds of
kindness you reap the plants of kindness. One does not plant one tomato seed and get only
one tomato in return. By planting the seed of the tomato, the gardener will reap a plant with
many tomatoes on the vine. This is a principle inherent in life itself where we get back more
than we put in. So, what does all of this have to do with tithing and the giving of money? Well,
knowing that the Law of Cause and Effect or the Law of Karma is operating when we give, we
can make a conscious choice of how these laws will be used. Having some understanding of this,
we know that when we give there must be a return of energy in some form. Maybe we could
use this understanding and knowledge to improve our current life or correct mistakes from the
past. If we are conscious of a principle that brings back to us exactly what we put in, then we
can direct the results of the law. For example, if you are conscious that people are mean to you
and you want to change that, then you would use the Law of Cause and Effect or Karma to
change your future outcomes. You would be aware that instead of criticizing a person mentally
or verbally, you would complement them on some good aspect that you saw within them.
Maybe it would be the way they smile or some aspect of their personally that you admire. The
point is, you would go about “Looking for the Good” in people and instead of “Finding Fault”
with people. As you do this, you will karmically begin to see a slow progressive change in how
the world is reflected around you. Remember, the car takes time to slow down once the breaks
are applied, so be patient with yourself as you travel this new path. The secret is in the inner
teachings and the awareness of the principles and laws in which we operate in the universe. If a
person will give with the right intention or perform an action with understanding then inner
spiritual laws can be a key to changing one’s future and past circumstances. It is through the
awareness of the present moment and the conscious choice to change that the outcomes of the
future are in our hands. We are at the helm of what direction we wish to go and these great
teachings are the power behind the winds filling the sails.
We can make such life changing differences through applying these teachings to modify our
circumstances. We can then tithe through our efforts which can become an avenue to sow good
seeds. One may right a wrong by doing the right thing. So, if you know how or why your karma
came to you, then you can use the Law of Tithing to change the outcome and to multiply a
better response for the future.
My teacher, Master Choa Kok Sui, taught us that Karma has a certain momentum. This means
that once you want to put on the breaks and stop the return of energies and events, it may take
a little time to slow it down. So, in other words, if your vehicle is traveling at 100 mph then it
will take some distance to come to a full stop. If your karmic speed is 60 mph you will come to a
stop much quicker. The main thing is to put on the breaks and once stopped, change the
direction you are going. Create a new direction and sow new seeds. Thoughts, words and
actions are your seeds and will create the fruits of your future world.