This photo was taken at the Chowpatty Beach in Mumbai. A man is throwing Seeds to birds. A street urchin is standing next to him, holding up a beaker, begging for some granis.
This is a face charity.
Charity performed at an impure place, at an improper time, to unworthy person, or without proper attention and respect is said to be in the mode of ignorance. Charity performed with the expectation of some return, or with a desire for fruitive results, or in a gruding mood, is said to be charity in the mode of passion, Charity given out of duty, without expectation of return, at the proper time and place, and to a worthy person is considered to be in the mode of goodness(Bg.17.20-22)
We should also know the best charity for the human form of life. There is charity to the body, charity to the mind and charity to the soul. To give food, shelter clothes and hospitalization is charity to the body. To encourage others, to be good to others, to be a friend is charity to the mind. To give transcendental knowledge, to give facilities for people to be educated in spiritual life is charity to the soul. You can feed the hungry man or hungry birds. It is a good thing, but if you can teach ar person how to be enlightened in devotional consciousness, revive a person’s original spiritual consciousness, then that person never has to be lonely again. That person has achieved a step beyond. That is the greatest charity. Why not utilize our human birth for the greatest thing available?