Re: Miser[ies]

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

As a follow-up of Shyam Charan Prabhu's recent mail on "Misers and Miseries", I found another nice reference. The same word kṛpaṇāḥ is analyzed in the purport to the verse 2.49 of Gita. Srila Prabhupada quotes the definition of the word kṛpaṇāḥ from the Brhad Aranyaka upanishad 3.8.10 'yo vā etad akṣaraṁ gārgy aviditvāsmāl lokāt praiti sa kṛpaṇāḥ". (One who departs from this world without knowing this akshara (imperishable supreme being) is a kṛpaṇāḥ  (miser). Actually a miser is one who has more wealth and does not use it both for himself and for others. This human body is a greatest wealth and one can use it to attain Lord Vishnu and to the best of his ability help others to attain Lord Vishnu. But a person who completely wastes this wealth by engaging in unnecessary pursuits is a kṛpaṇāḥ  (miser). The opposite of the word is brahmana. ta etad akṣaraṁ gārgi viditvāsmāl lokāt praiti sa brāhmaṇāḥ. One who departs from this world knowing the imperishable Vishnu is a brahmana. So both brahmana and kṛpaṇā has to depart from this world. The difference is that a brahmana does not come back because he knows Lord Vishnu and kṛpaṇā comes back as he lacks the knowledge of Lord Vishnu. Srila Prabhupada by his causeless mercy made kṛpaṇās in this world into top class brahmanas.

Your servant,
L.Harikumar
Chennai.