Entoku is "good done in secret." While it benefits the receiver, it also benefits the giver by orienting and tuning position on the spiritual spectrum.
According to the Talmud, the truest kindnesses are those done to animals as they have no means of repayment.
Entoku releases the giver from the hook of desiring feedback, adulation, payment, reward.
Acts of kindness and love may be unremembered by the doer, but they are remembered by others. These gifts and gratitude for them, stored in the minds and memories of others, are the "treasure stored up in heaven." See the review of Miracle of Mindfulness (Thich Nhat Hanh, 1987) for an unforgettable kindness done by a nameless old woman under the most amazing circumstances. See Conari Press (1993) for many more. What was the effect on the receiver?
The best portions of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts, Of kindness and love.
— William Wordsworth
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