Preserving Krishna's Energy

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

Whatever wealth we gain we need to be cautious about how we are spending it. We need not be misers but should be careful not to spend it in useless spendthrift manner. Let us consider the mode of transport for example. If we have to go to some place, if it is near and it takes a few minutes to walk, it is better to go by walk than using a vehicle. Walking is not only a best exercise for our body, but it also helps to peacefully chant and reduces the usage of fuel. Similarly while going for long distance, depending on time and place, we can choose the cheapest mode of communication such as bus or train, but the problem is most of the times, we fail to realize how we are wasting Krishna's wealth.

We should also be careful while giving pocket money to children. When things like name, fame and wealth are got in an easy manner, it will be difficult for children to realize its actual worth. Only when obtained after enduring lot of hardships, the value is realized. Otherwise they will easily be pampered and become spendthrifts when they grow up. While explaining about divinity and divine services to the sages, Suta Goswami says in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.2.9,

dharmasya hy āpavargyasya nārtho ’rthāyopakalpate
nārthasya dharmaikāntasya kāmo lābhāya hi smṛtaḥ

All occupational engagements are certainly meant for ultimate liberation. They should never be performed for material gain. Furthermore, according to sages, one who is engaged in the ultimate operational service, should never use material gain to cultivate sense gratification.

The following is a very interesting incident in the life of His Divine Grace, fully potent with a very valuable lesson for us. Once Srila Prabhupada received a letter from one of his disciple. A western devotee was watching how he was opening the envelope carefully by tearing it at one end. Later Prabhupada wrote a reply for that letter using the same envelope. On seeing this the devotee asked Prabhupada, "Prabhupada, we have so many new envelopes." Prabhupada replied gravely,"No. This is enough. We should remember that everything is Krishna's money and we should not spend unnecessarily."

Last year when I was in Rajkot with my spiritual master, we were coming out of the temple and Maharaj was walking, holding my hand on one side. Suddenly, near the stairs where we have the doormat, he bent down slowly and picked up something. When he got up, I saw that it was a rubber band. He put it in his pocket saying, "This will be useful for tying something." I was dumbfounded firstly, because he is thrice my age and without any glasses (Just FYI, I wear glasses) he was able to see even a small rubber band in the dark. Secondly, I was astonished at his simplicity and the consciousness of considering even a small rubber band as Krishna's energy and therefore not wasting it.

So next time when we spend lakshmi, it is better to ask ourselves, whether what we are spending is really essential and whether it is going to please the Supreme Lord.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Kalacakra Krsna das.