Prayers to Make Money for Preaching

ASK BVKS | April 24, 2012 |

English;

Question:

I have had a desire to become a wealthy businessman for some time and then heard a Prabhupada lecture where he said making money for Krishna is welcome so I started to think that making money for the movement could be my service. I read Prabhupada's books, attend weekly sangas most weeks and have distributed Prabhupada's books on an ad hoc basis but am now taking this service up regularly every Saturday (door to door). I chant 16 rounds daily and am starting program's once a month at my house to preach Mahaprabhu's mission. If I pray for Krishna to empower me to make money for the movement (if he pleases) through my business (as my service along with my other service's), is it OK? Can you clarify please?

Audio answer:

Play (7 m 4 s)     Download (6.5 MB)    

You can mark interesting parts of the page content and share unique link from browser address bar.

Mark




Related Lectures

Definition and Experiences of Bhava-bhakti

April 24, 2012 |

Question: If a karmi sees a picture of Radha Krsna and feels an emotion of joy, admiration, and appreciation of the picture, can this be called bhava-bhakti? If a kanistha devotee who has faith in the supreme position of Krsna feels an emotion of joy love and appreciation when seeing the deities, can this be called bhava-bhakti? Basically… Expand>

Question:

If a karmi sees a picture of Radha Krsna and feels an emotion of joy, admiration, and appreciation of the picture, can this be called bhava-bhakti?

If a kanistha devotee who has faith in the supreme position of Krsna feels an emotion of joy love and appreciation when seeing the deities, can this be called bhava-bhakti?

Basically how can we define bhava-bhakti and can you experience it even when you have a mundane material consciousness?

More importantly how can a devotee transform his bhava-bhakti to suddha-bhakti?

^ Show less

English;

The Science of Knowing God

November 24, 2015 |

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Why Does ISKCON Avoid Preaching In Hindi?

May 20, 2011 |

Question: Why does ISKCON avoid preaching in Hindi, even in Hindi speaking regions of India? Are all the Prabhupada books translated in Hindi by devotees themselves?

English;

Siddhidah

August 24, 2013 |

English; Inis Rath, Fermanagh, Ireland

Bhaktivinoda's Lamentation, Part-7, Yauvane jakhona

November 19, 2016 |

English; Mayapur, West Bengal, India

Inclusivism and Exclusivism

February 26, 2014 |

English; Nanda Gokulam, Andhra Pradesh, India

Glorification Turns to Blasphemy …

January 1, 2011 |

Question: Could you please speak something regarding the verse and purport of CC Madhya-lila 10.182, in which Srila Prabhupada writes that "The Lord herein confirms that if one is overestimated, glorification is just another form of blasphemy." It seems like a very deep statement, and significant, but it is difficult to understand properly.

English; Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

The Pope's Ignorance

April 25, 2011 |

English; Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

सत् शिष्य और असत् शिष्य, भाग-२

January 29, 2014 |

English with हिन्दी translation; Mayapur, West Bengal, India

Ascertaining Piety and Sin

June 10, 2011 |

English; San Diego, California, USA

Srila Prabhupada on Mundane Welfare

December 10, 2011 |

Question: I am going through Srila Prabhupada's books, letters etc. and trying to properly understand His Divine Grace's attitude to 'welfare' activities, especially, hospitals, schools and feeding the poor. I came across a quote below and I would like to understand it properly as I thought of it as a potential quote for misinterpretation for presenting the idea that Srila Prabhupada… Expand>

Question:

I am going through Srila Prabhupada's books, letters etc. and trying to properly understand His Divine Grace's attitude to 'welfare' activities, especially, hospitals, schools and feeding the poor. I came across a quote below and I would like to understand it properly as I thought of it as a potential quote for misinterpretation for presenting the idea that Srila Prabhupada wanted welfare activities;

"We may approach our government leaders with our simple formula and show to them by the practical result that we are accomplishing the reform work that they are trying to do by spending millions of dollars but not very successfully. We, on the other hand, are rescuing the most fallen members of society among the young people and giving them new life of spiritual or highly desirable qualities, such as honesty, cleanliness, truthfulness, morality, like that. Now you approach the government leaders and convince them in this way, and that will be the greatest achievement. They have got so much money for spending for human welfare activities, and practically we are demonstrating that they have given us foodstuffs in India and we are distributing them daily to not less than 500 men, and if they would give us more we could also increase more and more. Your government has got inclination to assist the unfortunate people of the world, and that is very nice idea, now they should understand also that we are very much anxious and capable to assist them in their great and noble endeavour by rendering our services amongst the unfortunate citizens. If they give us financial help in this matter of human welfare activities, we are prepared to save or rescue their entire population from the clutches of ruin and degradation of all sorts. As I think you have tried once before and you have met some important political leaders in your Washington, D.C., so I am requesting you especially should take up this task very seriously of convincing your nation's leaders to give us all cooperation, and we shall in turn volunteer our all services to help them. By our mutual combination I am certain that we can improve the entire humanity to the point of spiritual understanding and thus automatically eliminate the basis for wars, poverty, disease, inequality, insufficient supplies of foodstuffs, and so many other problems that plague our so-called civilized societies."

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Rupanuga  –  Los Angeles 1 July, 1970

My question is that I am trying to understand what Srila Prabhupada is trying to say here and my understanding is that he is trying to get the American, Indian and European governments to donate food stuffs and facilities so that they (ISKCON) can engage in their preaching activities en-mass  by holding massive sankirtan and preaching programs and then distributing huge quantities of Prasadam. I thought this opinion of the above supported by the following statements:

"We, on the other hand, are rescuing the most fallen members of society among the young people and giving them new life of spiritual or highly desirable qualities, such as honesty, cleanliness, truthfulness, morality, like that"

"If they give us financial help in this matter of human welfare activities, we are prepared to save or rescue their entire population from the clutches of ruin and degradation of all sorts"

"By our mutual combination I am certain that we can improve the entire humanity to the point of spiritual understanding and thus automatically eliminate the basis for wars, poverty, disease, inequality, insufficient supplies of foodstuffs, and so many other problems that plague our so-called civilized societies." [This would only be possible if everyone became Krishna conscious, so this statement probably supports the fact that Srila Prabhupada is asking for help and facilities for preaching Krishna consciousness and not for just distributing prasadam without any preaching]

1) Is my opinion correct about what I think Srila Prabhupada is trying to say in the above letter?

2) There is a statement above; "..and practically we are demonstrating that they have given us foodstuffs in India and we are distributing them daily to not less than 500 men, and if they would give us more we could also increase more and more." … This can be taken to mean that Srila Prabhupada wanted prasadam distribution. How are we to understand it? Or is it that Srila Prabhupada just wanted Prasadam distribution in some places eg. Mayapur. Or perhaps prasadam is being distributed but in the temples only as Srila Prabhupada wanted?

^ Show less

English;

If You Are Struggling in Practice of Brahmacarya

February 27, 2011 |

Question: I am practicing brahmacarya, but I sometimes find it a struggle. I find the night time most difficult, I can’t control the dreams, and I end up masturbating in the dream. I read that after 12 years of perfect brahmacarya, one develops super memory, clairvoyance etc., and atma-tattva, but does this also mean no wet dream for the entire 12 years = 365*12 more than 5000 dreams that have to be controlled!

English;

Nandi

August 4, 2017 |

English; Gauragrama, Telangana, India

Who will save ISKCON?

December 14, 2017 |

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Replies to Initiative Magazine Queries – Part 3

July 12, 2011 |

English; Tatarstan, Volga, Russia

Sanskrit and Bengali Pronunciation Part 2

|

English; Mayapur, West Bengal, India

Propriety of Rasa Lila, Part-3

October 29, 2015 |

English; Nanda Gokulam, Telangana, India

  • Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 2.8.254

  • 58 m 46 s  |  26.9 MB

  • Download
  • Play

First Lesson in Spirituality: Defining Spirit

September 2, 2012 |

English; Denver, Colorado, USA

Stop Abusing Yourself

August 19, 2011 |

Question: How can a devotee, who has suffered mental trauma due to molestation by perverted elements within an asrama and negligence of superiors in the past, overcome his condition and fully engage in devotional service? What should he do if he has repeated fall downs due to depression? Can such a devotee progress in the previous association and how can he rid himself of ill-feeling against his superiors?

English;

Path of Bhagavad-gita

October 2, 2016 |

English with தமிழ் translation; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India