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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Yesterday: Feedback - What a beautiful concept

Another beautiful concept -- Relinquishment

Yesterday's piece also briefly touched upon an important concept of relinquishment that we do not think much about. Relinquishment is the opposite of fairness, and infinitely larger in magnitude of generosity. It is the process by which a donor voluntarily gives up the fruits of his/her donation. Many people in the adoption industry use this term for giving up of a progeny.

I have found deep inspiration in the Hindu definition of Relinquishment. Tyaga, as it is defined in the Geeta (commentary), is a duty that must be carried out by all humans. All charity is to be performed in relinquishment.

Hindu Philosophy: Difference between renunciation and relinquishment

Relinquishment is not sacrifice. Sacrifice, the word having connotations of blood (as in killing of animals in sacrifice) is essentially a selfish act expecting something in return -- forgiveness, love, a boon, or a blessing.

Relinquishment is spiritually superior to sacrifice because there is no expectation of a return.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Thursday, August 30, 2001
Last Modified: 1/29/2003
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