one man in India, he told me how… he’s an industrialist. He said, I am going to give all my money to my children and then I am going to come and become a devotee. I said … this is Prabhupada, he advises against this. He said, you give all your money to your family, then you come empty handed to Krishna. You work hard your whole life and then your energy you don’t give anything to Krishna. It’s not very… considerate. Your going to Krishna, He’s giving you mercy but you are not giving any of your energy to Krishna. Persons heart is where his money goes. So explaining this, Rupa Goswami, he showed the perfect example by giving 50% from his accumulated wealth to service of his Guru and Vaishnavas for spreading Krishna Consciousness. The other 50%, he kept 25% for emergency and 25% he spent on his family. This is the proper way that one should divide wealth when it gets accumulated. Prabhupada used to criticize – ‘don’t come to Krishna empty handed’, giving away all their money for family members and giving nothing to Krishna.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1986, 27th April, SB class @ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia