This is the basis of spiritual morality and spiritual economics. A man receives love, facilities, knowledge, food, co-operation and a sense of security, etc. from the society around him but if he returns a little less to the society, the whole society loses a little. For the society, the love and the facilities bestowed on him, becomes a losing proposition and an unprofitable investment. Slowly the society gets so impoverished that it cannot take care of the physical, mental and spiritual well being of people. If we want to have a sustainable social order in which all are taken care of including the old, children and the infirm, then the principle has to be 'Give far more than you receive.'
Giving far more than we receive does not mean that we should receive less specially when it comes to mental, intellectual and spiritual inputs. The Vedas say Sata Haste Samahara, Sahasra Haste Sankira – receive with a hundred hands and distribute with a thousand hands. We should absorb, accept, internalise and learn as much as we can. We must nurture our body, mind and intellect as well as can. but we should give much more than we receive. Only then the society will be an affluent society; a society of surplus, and naturally capable of caring more its constituents at material, mental, intellectual and spiritual levels. Mother earth receives one grain and gives so many grains so that all can live.