Generosity accompanied by boundless compassion,
Generates the happiness of generosity in the brave and wakeful.
Happiness derived from all sensory experiences put together,
Does not touch the slightest portion of it.
Compassion, generosity and opportunity
Always increase for the consciously merciful individual;
And wherewithal come the happiness born of
Love helpfulness, and powerful ability.
Thus, a man/woman well established this way
Causes increase, increases, he/she helps develop other beings, he gladdens, attracts, and leads —
Compassion has a subtle way of motivating
Those that are not well cultivated in the merits and virtues of generosity.
Thus the compassionate one, uninterested in his own happiness,
Joyfully gives (the benefits of illumination),
As it were, his own generosity—
To other beings he gives gifts,
As well as the fruits of that giving itself,
Since the happiness of others is his happiness.
The enlightened giver, though he is disinterested,
Thereby keeps getting wealth more abundant and impeccable;
But he does not consider that as the ultimate source of happiness,
For him this provides more opportunity for the continuity of giving.
For, it is in giving that we actually RECEIVE.