people have to be preached this. It’s actually their duty to give 50%. It’s not that the devotees should come, pestering Grihastas, please give your 50%, please give a donation. The grihastha should be thinking that this money is linked with karma. Whatever money is over above what I need for my food, for my clothing, my housing, my basic expense, whatever else I have, If I don’t give it to Krishna, this 50%, then I am simply holding karma. This money is simply going to cause me repeated birth and death. So, I have to use it for Krishna as far as possible. Atleast, 50%. Of course, if someone, just to.. , Bhagvatam says that we are allowed to work for having a healthy body, for being healthy, for having clothes, shelter. So, this could be a subject of debate, what to do of his income, it’s such that 50% doesn’t pay for the food, doesn’t pay for the clothing. In which case, one would have to get some special dispensation from the Guru. What to do in such a case.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1986, 27th April, SB class @ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia