Reasons for Poverty

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

The following is an humble effort to share some of the nectarean points as told by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in a class on Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 11 Chapter 7 verse 15 in Sri Sri RadhaNeelMadhav dham, Rajkot on 30th December 2006.

tyāgo ’yaṁ duṣkaro bhūman kāmānāṁ viṣayātmabhiḥ
sutarāṁ tvayi sarvātmann abhaktair iti me matiḥ

"My dear Lord, O Supreme soul, for those whose minds are attached to sense gratification, and especially for those bereft of devotion unto You, such renunciation of material enjoyment is most difficult to perform. That is my opinion."

This is very important verse. The word sutaram is important here, sutaram means 'especially', tvayi means 'unto You', sarvaatman means 'O Supreme soul'. In the purport it is mentioned, "Those who are truly devoted to the supreme Lord do not accept anything for their personal sense gratification, rather accept those things suitable to be offered in the Lord's loving service." This is very important. We people have somehow or the other got this knowledge. Now we have to realize this knowledge.  We have accepted that the Supreme Lord is all in all and that is why we have devoted to the Lord.

( Quoting seed verse 10.8 of Gita Maharaj continued)

ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavo mattaḥ sarvaṁ pravartate
iti matvā bhajante māṁ budhā bhāva-samanvitāḥ

We have devoted ourselves. Now we have to change our habits that only we should accept anything for the service of the Lord and not for the personal sense gratification. And if you do like this really whether the world worships you or not, I don’t know. But you will be elevated from the material rut and eventually Krishna willing you will be eternally doing His service.  

The corollary is that we are full of devotion. So we have accepted Him as the Lord. And that is why we are not attached to the sense gratification at all. Otherwise it is very difficult for us to get up in the early morning in this cold and get ready. It is impossible, impossible. It is impossible and at the end they fall sick. The houses are not houses at all. In the western world at least the credit goes to you people, they are clean at least, if not anything else. And cleanliness is next to godliness. So don't think you are not Vedic or you don't know anything. That idea must be driven out of your mind.

You have already two nice qualities. Two qualities I have found out in the West. One is cleanliness and other thing is very devoted to the work you are doing. May be you are doing karmi's job. But when you are doing the job, you are doing with whole devotion. These two qualities are completely absent in India thinking that they are devotees. And they are not devotees. Those who don’t follow these two things, they are not devotees. They are in the illusion that they are devotees. They neglect cleanliness and they neglect their work also. And that is why the poverty is rampant. Cleanliness is completely absent. And poverty is there because if you don’t follow the instructions of the Lord, you are going to have scarcity. This is how we have experienced so much scarcity.

With all the knowledge at our disposal, realization is absent. Only saint Prabhupada could unfold these things. Otherwise no other saint could do it.  So many saints and sages and gurus were there. But nobody has unfolded this point. This is the speciality of Srila Prabhupada. He has woken us up that this devotional service can never be inactive.  

Maharaj then concluded read the whole purport for 11.7.14 verse. "Those who are truly devoted to Supreme Lord do not accept any of their personal gratification, rather accept those things that it should be offered to the Lord's loving service.  The word vishayaatmabhih indicates those who desire material objects for their personal gratification instead of for the devotional service of the Lord. The minds of such materialistic persons are suitably disturbed, and it is virtually impossible for such persons to renounce material enjoyment. This is the opinion of Sri Uddhava."

Heartfelt thanks to Maharaj for sharing such practical points. 

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Kaveri devi dasi