Sharing Merit with Sarala and Eid
|As rain falling on a hill flows down to the valley, what is given here benefits the dead. As rivers full of water fill the ocean, what is given here benefits the dead.
As one gives gifts, he should remember what relatives have done in the past and think, "That one gave to me, that one worked for me, That one was my relative, my friend, my companion."
No tears, no grief, nor any other lamentations are of any use to the departed, but a gift that has been properly given to the Sangha is of benefit to them immediately and for a long time.
This is the proper way to repay obligations to one’s relatives. This is how to do great honor to the departed and to give strength to the Sangha. The merit you thus receive is not small.