Begging is not bad. Even the ancient yogis in
vedic period were going from house to house
begging alms to keep them alive. Physically
disabled poor people are found begging
alms on the footpath or near temple yards.
They have no other alternatives for earning
their livelihood. Begging is noble if it is for
the rehabilitation of the distressed.
Begging is ignoble if it promotes laziness
among the physically able people by
preventing them from doing hardwork,
and thus retarding the nation from progressing.
Begging is a crime if a misguided person kidnaps
the children and harasses the parents of the kidnapped
to give money.
A begger’s hands that hold the bowl are always lower in position than the
hands that give alms which are always higher in position.
But this does not mean that the begger has regard for the donor.
There is a proverb in Tulu, which is in abusive language.
A begger abuses a woman who was giving him alms daily ,
but one day she does not open the doors for him.
Then the begger comparing her to the woman residing
next door to her, says like this:”That mom (addressing her with respect),
never gives me a single coin ; it’s okay. But, this stupid woman
( addressing with disrespect), who always gives me alms is not
opening the door; what is resisting her from coming out?”
Our ancestors have rightfully said that alms should be given
only to the deserved.