Gifts can’t be measured by price tag

Gifts can’t be measured by the price tag. Gifts are priceless. Why and How? Someone gives the gifts to you. So you receive them. If he or she gives the gifts with love and affection, then they become priceless to you. Don’t you agree?

When you give a small gift to your little girl, you surely give it out of love and affection. So she understands it at once and starts dancing. She does not care for the size or price of the gift. Rather she likes your love and affection in the form of a gift. It makes her dance.

“Practice giving things away, not just things you don’t care about, but things you do like. Remember, it is not the size of a gift, it is its quality and the amount of mental attachment you overcome that count. So don’t bankrupt yourself on a momentary positive impulse, only to regret it later. Give thought to giving. Give small things, carefully, and observe the mental processes going along with the act of releasing the little thing you liked. (53)
(Quote is actually Robert A F Thurman but Huston Smith, who only wrote the introduction to my edition, seems to be given full credit for this text.)”
― Huston Smith, Tibetan Book of the Dead

What I learnt from the gift of my sister

Yesterday I was talking to my office assistant. During our discussion, he pointed out that one of his relatives does not believe in giving and receiving gifts. Then I told him about what and how my sister used to give me gifts on the occasion of every Bhai Dooj. How I responded and how my other family members reacted.

Bhai Dooj is a Hindu celebration of brotherly-sisterly love. The word ‘Dooj’ means the second day after the new moon, while Bhai means brother. Legend says that, on this day, the Lord of Death Yamaraj visited his sister Yami, who put the auspicious tika (a religious red mark) on her brother’s forehead. The ‘tika’ can also be known as a ’tilak’ or ’tilaka’ or phonta. It is taken from

As she was financially weak, she did not afford to buy a costly shirt for me. So she bought a low priced shirt for me. The members of my extended family reacted at once by saying, “Your brother won’t wear such a cheap shirt.” But I never returned the shirt, rather accepted it with a smiling face. I knew that she has managed to buy this shirt in spite of her so much hardship. The cheap shirt could not bother me. Why so? Her love and affection matter so much to me. She has purchased it only for wishing me a long happy and prosperous life.

My beliefs and opinions about gifts

Moreover, I believe that the law of attraction is a natural law. When anything comes to us means this law is working. I can’t ignore this natural law. So I used to accept the gift from my sister. I love my beautiful sister.

Finally, I believe that every gift for you makes the presence of love and affection from the sender. So it is precious. You can’t measure its worth by price tag. Yes, you can do it by the tag of love and affection. You don’t see it. Rather you feel it. Why? It is the invisible energy you feel. All gifts are as priceless as love.

I must close here with this beautiful quote.

“Love is worth so much more than money. There are so many people who are filthy rich but have nobody to genuinely love them. Unconditional love is priceless. If you have someone who really loves you for your heart, without any conditions, then you are truly one of the wealthiest people in the world.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem




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