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 we should deal with money matters. Maharaj was sharing his own personal experience of how he gave some percentage of money demanded and told the person not to return. Now we shall hear further.
Maharaj: (laughter) So, so many people I gave that way. That I gave whatever I could and I told them, "Please don't return back. They were happy." (laughter)
Devotee: I have also many times, was cheated as you Maharaj. Literally i also was. I never said that them. But in the mind, I said to myself. They will say, "I will pay you back." "I know you will not pay. Right. Ok. Keep it."
Maharaj: (laughter) Ok. Many times it happens, if the people are happy with the money, it is the very easy thing to make them happy. So we have plenty, we have may be more than enough, so we can make them happy. Because I was doing that. Since last 30 - 40 years I stopped everything. Otherwise it's all, because I was feeling that I also penniless. So I was in need of money. The same way people are in need of money in India. So I was bit generous here and there. But with all generosity, I didn’t lose anything. I have more, I have more I think. Even when I used to pay, I was never short of. So we feel. So paying is not bad, if you pay, somehow are the other it comes back. So this how, Krishna is reciprocating. Because what happened was that, Prabhupada was giving the example of this cloud you know. There are water laden clouds you know, black. They can't take any more water, because they are full of water. But if they drop the water, in the form of rain, again they can suck. So this is the process. So you also have to drop something. Then you have something to come. (laughter).
Because somehow or the other, giving is always pleasing to us. Renunciation is important. It is always pleasing. Without any expectation if you help anybody, it's a transcendence. It is really transcendental bliss that, "I have done something, they are happy, that's it." So please whoever, wherever you find some unbearable difficulties, then you may not give money directly, at least give them bhoga. Atleast they will eat. You know, if you give them bananas, they are not going to sell the bananas and use money. They peel and eat. That’s it. So this is how, something we have to do. And wherever you see cows, please buy the green grass and give the cows. So this is how we should behave. Whatever we have, bit of it goes somewhere. A percentage of it must go. Ideally half of it should go. But we will not be able to do. Our greed is there. So please nourish your greed. (laughter). And allow some percentage, allow some percentage.
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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