Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the transcription of the class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam 2.8.4 in Rajkot on 05 December 2008. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj as to how important it is to do regular study of Srimad Bhagavatam. Now we shall see further.
Maharaj: And particularly money matters, should be dealt in very clearly. Our account should be like a mirror. Otherwise there is a doubt. And doubt kills you. Doubts spoil the relationship. So that is the first thing to be cleared. Then our borrowing and lending should be very clear. The best rule is don't borrow and don't lend. I like Quraan, it is saying that, "you don't borrow and don't lend." That is best. No worry at all. But suppose in this material world, now you have to borrow. You want to buy a house means, the loan must be there. You can't meet. Otherwise you will never have house. So if you borrow then, you please repay as soon as possible. Then there must be one rule we follow, according to Bhagavatam, that whoever we have to pay, somebody owes us something, then we should pay it immediately. And we may, somebody may owe us, so take it very slowly. Do you follow me? There in you have to be patient. He may not have. he may tell you that, "I will pay you after 2 months, or 3 months." Just tell him that, "Please keep in mind and pay me as soon as possible. I am in need. That's it." More than that, we should not do.
Devotee: But nowadays people don't pay back Maharaj?
Maharaj: No, they don't pay. When I was a grhastha, people were demanding from me also. I was in London. So I had a bit of money. So they were demanding. So what I do, that suppose if they demand 10000 Rs, so I told them that 10000 rupees, and they say that, "i will repay you", they told me that, "i will repay you." And never, never. They can't repay. So what happened that once one lady, she was related to me and she was really in difficulty, so unless she finds out 3 lakhs of rupees, she will not be saved. To that extent she was in difficulty. And 3 lakhs of rupees that time, it was a horrible amount. But I saw that the difficulty is genuine. So I gave her 3 lakhs rupees. It was out of my capacity also. Because my whole family was cursing me. But I told I want to save her. Otherwise, she will be, her job will be gone and she will be destroyed for the whole life time. So and she promised me to give back. But hardly she gave back one and half lakh and that's it. She couldn't return at all. But I had to forgo something. But even then, I didn't mind. To that extent we worry about others. But otherwise if the situation, is not that urgent, then what I used to do that suppose somebody asks 10,000 rupees, I will give him 2000 rupees and I told him that, "this is yours, don't pay me back." (laughter).
Devotee: At least we do not think of it. We are free.
Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Divya Rupa devi dasi
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