Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Fool and Someone Else’s Money are Easily Parted

In recent articles on Sampradaya Sun, the esteemed Vaishnava community worldwide have just been informed of the business activities of a well known sannyasi in our beloved ISKCON. We are told that the aforementioned sannyasi has squandered millions of dollars of Krishna’s laxmi in a vein attempt to satisfy his materialistic ambitions.

But wait how can that be? I hear you ask. A sannyasi with materialistic ambitions? Surely not, I mean a sannyasi should be renounced and preaching Krishna consciousness without any personal desires for name, fame, women or wealth. He should be leading a simple life and only requiring the bare necessities supplied to him by God for his sustenance. Well this is what the shastra tell us, is it not?

Is this a new phenomenon in ISKCON, that some sannyasis and gurus are acting like squirrels and hoarding away millions of dollars of donations given by other people and their disciples into their own private bank accounts? Is the money they are secretly hoarding going to be used for the purpose that it was intended for? Well from what we read here on Sampradaya Sun, apparently at least in some cases the answer is no.

So what is wrong with this? Is giving money to some of these ISKCON sannyasis and gurus like giving a child a box of matches to play with in the middle of a tinder dry cornfield on a hot summers day? It appears to be so. Clearly some of them are acting like children inasmuch as that they are spiritually and materially immature and do not know how to properly respect and utilize the spiritual master’s and Krishna’s assets.

Let’s be clear about this point… It is not their money to play with! As we learn from the shastra, Krishna is the Supreme Proprietor of all that be. Devotees that are simple and honest respect this fact. So should we the Vaishnava community bail out these fools and throw good money after bad into a black hole of debt brought about by foolish attempts to gamble with someone else’s money. Is this intelligent?

My advice would be to keep your hands firmly in your pockets, prabhus, at least until some of these so called gurus and sannyasis grow up and become conscious enough to realize that honest people’s donations are not supposed to be used to satisfy their materialistic ambitions.

Yes, they are breaking the regulative principles, yes they are disobeying the orders of the spiritual master and yes, they are committing offenses against the Holy Name. Finally, I would like to leave some quotes from Srila Prabhupada’s purports in the Shrimad Bhagavatam for the reader to ponder for future discussion and debate.

“The Lord is seated in everyone’s heart, and He knows the devotee’s motive and arranges everything achievable. In other words, the pseudo devotee, who is anxious to achieve material gains, cannot attain the highest perfectional stage because the Lord is in knowledge of his motive. One merely has to become sincere in his purpose, and then the Lord is there to help in every way.”
(Srimad Bhagavatam 3.13.49)

“Thus the Supreme Personality of Godhead sends great cheaters who mislead them in the name of yoga and render their lives useless and doomed. In Bhagavad-gita, therefore, it is clearly stated, in the Sixteenth Chapter, verse 17, that rascals of self-made authority, being puffed up by illegally collected money, perform yoga without following the authoritative books. They are very proud of the money they have plundered from innocent persons who wanted to be cheated.”
(Srimad Bhagavatam 3.21.7)

Begging to remain in the service of the Vaishnavas and the Spiritual Master,

Nitya Siddha dasa

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