The more we care for the happiness of others,
the greater our own sense of well being becomes.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The Sanskrit word 'Dana' means giving.
You have something to share and we want you to share it. It is only when you recognize your own wealth and are willing to give it to others that the path to liberation begins. This marks the beginning of an altruistic attitude, caring for the benefit of others as opposed to yourself.
Prior to giving there was only taking, egotism and concern for one's own welfare. You know how that turns out. You've already tasted that fruit and it grows more sour each day. You know its bondage first hand.
We bind ourselves with selfishness,
We liberate ourselves through giving,
So start giving.