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“I do not have to pay?”

Sunday, 15 December 2019 / Published in Articles / 2,879 views

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 January 2015, Bhaktivedanta Manor, England, Srimad Bhagavatam 9.10.23)

Misers hold on to whatever wealth they have and do not want to share, and the result is they are being deprived. So here we are in Europe, we brought wealth from all over the world. We got it by hook or Captain Cook, somehow or other, we brought it in. Here it is and now we are sitting on it. But gradually, it is running out. London is still going strong but if you go a bit North, people are poor! It is like, England is sinking in poverty. I am sorry to bring it up so early in the morning but it is happening. Why is it so? Because of this miserliness, because of just bringing it all in for us, instead of giving it out. The more we give out, the more everything will happen. That is our movement. Our movement is based on the principle of namo maha-vadanyaya krsna-prema-pradaya te krsnaya krsna-caitanya-namne gaura-tvise namah (CC Madhya 19.53).

It is a movement of extraordinary generosity. We see that when Srila Prabhupada was present, it was like that. Even when I joined, at that time, the Sunday feast was still fifteen incredible preparations. I mean absolutely incredible. Every single one of them was like, “Whew!” You know, I mean the rice was loaded up with cashews and paneer balls and what not. Oh! What to speak of the other preparations. Everything was ecstasy. There was abundance and nobody paid. It was all for free. The guests would just come and would eat to the max. Then they would get packages to take home. That is how it was. No wonder people were joining like anything! (laughter) It was just inconceivable – such generosity!

That purchases people. This movement will only spread through generosity. It is generosity that makes people feel indebted, “It is amazing, they give you all these things! What kind of people are these? I cannot believe it.” That is what it will do it. That is what will actually bring people. Incredible generosity!

Say, “Yeah, but then how will we live?”

Do not worry, because generosity breeds generosity. That is the principle of this movement. When we are just generous then people will say, “Wow, that is amazing. You are giving all these things away. I want to help.” Then they start to give money and just give… This whole spirit of giving, that is the spirit of this Hare Krsna movement. Then people will join and everyone is welcome.

In this way, this movement is a wonderful movement based on this maha-vadanyaya. This principle of just being incredibly generous. Vaisnava generosity is something amazing. It is about giving, not only what you have, more than that, it is about giving yourself.

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4 Responses to ““I do not have to pay?””

  1. Dhira Nitai das says :

    Hare Krishna! It would be nice to have this mood. But in last 15 years this is just not working in Europe. At least I didn’t notice it. Even Devotees living outside of the temple are not trained anymore to give donations to the temple, although we have amazing feasts and festivals here at ISKCON Simhachalam Germany. What to speak of other people. Most of the people are “free loaders” these days. They will not give themsleves. If it is free, it is free for them to take and not to give. And when you ask them for some donations then many of them get offended. So we have introduced “minimum” donation amounts which are mostly taken by others as maximum. We increased slowly our income and we are using it to improve the facilities. With improved facilities we are now getting also bigger donations. But still cannot fully take care of the devotees serving here. This should be our priority now: to be able to take care of devotees, because without devotees, who will take care of the people outside? Your servant Dhira Nitai das

    • Citrarupini dasi says :

      This suggests that the temple authorities need to personally talk to each member and preach to them about the part that they play, and the need for them to give charity.

      It really shows a lack of understanding of the basics of Vedic culture, giving charity.

  2. Mahaksa Das (KCS) says :

    Srila Prabhupada:
    Lecture Bhagavad-gita 4.19-22, New York, August 8, 1966

    Of course, if you have got means to supply very nice foodstuff, you must. Otherwise you will be understood that you are miser.

    According to the capacity of the temple owner, oh, very, I mean to say costly foodstuff are being offered. And those foodstuff is distributed amongst the poor class men.
    Now, at the present moment, after the, we have got sva-raja, or independence, the government has interfered with this sort of service. They say that “This is waste of money. Why you are offering?” They are becoming atheist. But this is not waste of money. At the cost of the rich men, the prasadam was being distributed..

    Miser is thinking on his own account, “How much I’ll get? How much in my share?” (Lecture BG 2.46-62)

    “Krsna is taking care of me. Now it is my duty how much service I can render to Krsna. That is my business.” That is Krsna consciousness. Krsna is not miser. He is supplying millions and millions of living entities bread. (Lecture BG 2.46-62)

    ..another sense of miser is one who cannot utilize money properly. Suppose one has got one million dollars from his father, but he is simply thinking that “I shall see the money and I shall not utilize it. If I go to utilize, I may lose it. Better I will see every day in my treasury box.” He’s also miser. (Lecture BG 2.46-62)

    Brahma janati iti brahmana. So the miser, the opposite word is liberal or brahmana. Miser knows his self-interest, “How much nice foodstuff I have got to eat daily.” That’s all. And liberal, “How much Krsna prasada I am distributing to the world.” Liberal. (Lecture BG 2.46-62)

  3. Parasurama says :

    Dear Prabhus,
    Hare Krishna, Jai Srila Prabhupada,
    Last November, for two weeks we had to increase our free Prasad distribution from 2,500 plates of Prasad daily to 15,000 plates of Prasad daily. Way beyond our financial resources. Krishna send me the manpower, but would he send the Laxmi?
    One young hippy approached me ,” I would like to make a donation, “ great I thought just stick it in the box.
    Turned out he had a big job in a computer company, IBM. He gave £4,000 then IBM matched funded it , then the government gave ‘gift aid’, diverting his tax, total donation came to £10,000.
    This covered the extra £25,000 meals, down to the last penny.
    Simultaneously the bhoga rolled it more than double what was required.
    Was this coincidental , or was there a blue boy behind it? You decide.
    There is no such thing as a ‘Free Loaders”, all these people are serving Krishna in the form of Prasad.
    Srila Prabhupada was once asked if he was a free load by an envious reporter.
    Nobody in history has ever become poor by giving to Krishna, and Srila Prabhupada started his movement by distributing Prasad and performing Kirtan.
    The incredible feasts that Maharaj recollects are essential, Srila Prabhupada would say our movement is nothing without our festivals. I remember how a new Bhakta would want to “bloop” but would decide to wait till after the next Sunday feast , and on it went like this, he would never actually bloop. I was one of those Bhaktas.
    Your servant Parasuram Das UK

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