Meaning and Importance
Daswand is an age-old tradition of voluntary offering or rather (more aptly put) a sacrifice unto the Supreme Lord as mentioned in Gita.
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It means the sacrifice of 10% of your earnings and is often misunderstood as Guru dakshina which it is not, it is a sacrifice unto the Supreme Lord, by virtue of which desired necessities of life are granted. Daswand is our need and not that of Spiritual Powers. We need to do this sacrifice to get Kripa or blessings.
Daswand is purely voluntary and there is no binding upon anyone to opt for it. Daswand is often misunderstood as a method to earn money for the growth of the whole sect which is not true. Daswand is one’s sacrifice unto religious deities for one’s desired necessities of life to get fulfilled. This is an eternal truth and nothing new. All world religions like Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Judaism have this concept as an integral part of their religion.
One’s own hard-earned money is the true instrument meant for sacrifice. Because money is the only element that every human is most attached to. Its sacrifice is purest form of all sorts of dedications. Money earned by dishonest means cannot be isolated for daswand as it will be a meaningless effort.
This money donated is not for the survival of God. It is rather an opportunity to show our gratitude for the blessings we receive. Thus daswand offered by devotees to Nirmal Darbar is an expression of sacrifice and gratitude to the Spiritual Powers of the universe present with Nirmal Baba. Giving the correct amount at right time ensures kripa from Powers, provided other prerequisites like correct puja and karma are in order. Money donated cannot be questioned as to how it is utilized. Otherwise, the purpose is defeated.
Daswand is not money given to a trust for charitable work, it is for ultimate Powers. Likewise, use of daswand dropped in golaks in temples or gurudwaras cannot be questioned by the giver.
References from various scriptures
QUOTE FROM CHAPTER 3 OF BHAGWAT GITA, VERSES NO.S 10, 11 AND 12
1. “In the beginning of creation, Brahma after generating all beings as a result of the performance
of sacrifice unto the Supreme Lord said: by the performance of sacrifice may you evolve and
prosper; let sacrifice bestow all that is desirable for you.”
2. “By this sacrifice unto the Supreme Lord, the demigods are propitiated; the demigods being propitiated will mutually propitiate you, and you will obtain supreme blessings.”
3. “The demigods being satisfied by the performance of sacrifice unto the Ultimate Personality
will grant unto you all the desired necessities of life; therefore he who enjoys these given necessities without offering them first unto the Supreme Lord, that person is certainly a thief.”
The tithe is “The 10th part of one’s increase, which God claims as His (Lev. 27:30). Above all, all tithes and offerings should be given with pure motives and an attitude of worship to God and service to the body of Christ.
The idea of ushar in Islam is a direct continuation of the Judaeo-Christian idea of tithe or 1/10th.
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