Most Miserable Persons - Part 4

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

This is in conclusion of the previous offering titled, "Most Miserable Persons", wherein we were meditating on verse 11.11.19 of Srimad Bhagavatam. In this verse Lord Krishna gives us the list of miserable persons. So far we saw two types of miserable persons. Now we shall see further here.

4. Vittaṁ ca atīrthī-kṛtam rakṣati - A man who keeps wealth not utilized for a good purpose: One who has accumulated wealth by the mercy of God must be vigilant to give in charity to the right person and for the right cause. If such a right person or cause appears and one hesitates and selfishly does not give in charity, one loses his reputation, and in the next life he will be poverty-stricken. One who fails to give properly in charity spends his life anxiously protecting his wealth, which ultimately brings him no fame or happiness. Our beloved spiritual master, HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj has written the following verses from the shastras in his diary.

dānaṁ bhogo nāśastisro gatayo bhavanti vittasya
yo na dadāti na bhuṅkte  tasya tritīyā gatir bhavati

Money has three states of existence - to be given in charity,  to be enjoyed and to be destroyed. If one does not give it in charity or utilize it, then that money will be destroyed by itself.

upārjitānāṁ  arthānāṁ tyāga eva hi rakṣaṇam
taḍāgodara saṁsthānāṁ parīvāha ivāmbhasām

For water in the lake, flowing is the only protection (if it is stored in a stationary place it will be spoiled). Similarly for the earned money, charity for good cause is the only protection.

The Lord gives the above examples and concludes by saying that just as these people suffer miseries, those who do not hear, chant and utilize their senses in pleasing the Lord are also the most miserable persons. That is why srimad Bhagavatam gives the conclusion in 3.7.14,

aśeṣa-saṅkleśa-śamaṁ vidhatte
guṇānuvāda-śravaṇaṁ murāreḥ
kiṁ vā punas tac-caraṇāravinda-
parāga-sevā-ratir ātma-labdhā

Simply by chanting and hearing of the transcendental name, form, etc., of the Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, one can achieve the cessation of unlimited miserable conditions. Therefore what to speak of those who have attained attraction for serving the flavor of the dust of the Lord's lotus feet?

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.