Accumulating Money - an essential subject
Money is everything at the present moment. A person may have no good qualities, but if you’re wealthy, you’re greatly admired and considered a success. In Kali Yuga, everyone is madly trying to accumulate more and more money by working hard day and night. In this madness, one is full of anxiety and fear, not caring for the eternal spirit. We require money to live, but God’s plan is that we not take more than is required. Caitanya Mahāprabhu recommends that the actual benefit of this human form of life is to develop our dormant love for God and not to accumulate money, which can’t be taken with us at the time of death. A devotee naturally does not wish to accumulate a large bank balance; however, according to the advice of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmi, we should not give up attachment to money that can spread the Krishna consciousness movement. A pure devotee may be attracted to accumulating money just like an ordinary man, but the difference is that a devotee acquires money out of love for the service of the Lord, whereas the ordinary man acquires money for his own sense enjoyment.
Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Accumulating Money category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 8 quotes.
Quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books
|A Kṛṣṇa conscious person, fully engaged in self-realization, has very little time to falsely possess any material object. For maintaining body and soul, he does not require unfair means of accumulating money. (Bhagavad-gītā 4.21)|
|When one is in the renounced order, saving money is not recommended. However, if one saves money for the service of the Lord or a Vaiṣṇava, that is accepted. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 25.205)|
|A gṛhastha should always remember that one who is endeavoring to accumulate more money than necessary is to be considered a thief and is punishable by the laws of nature. (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.14 Summary)|
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