we find this general misunderstanding people think that Krishna consciousness means to renounce everything and give everything away and in India it’s not uncommon to find people with millions of rupees and so many possessions.
They think “Well before I become a devotee I should give it all away to my relatives. And then I will come empty handed as I am to Krishna.” Prabhupada used to say that “Why give it all away to your relatives? You should give to Krishna at least 50%. In fact even keep 25% for emergency, for yourself. Family members don’t need more than 25%.” So that was the example given by Rupa and Sanatana. Because we use all of these energies in Krishna’s service. So therefore we are not going to put into difficulty.
Normally people wanting material things to enjoy they think that they are giving that up that’s the opposite of enjoyment, therefore they are transcendental but that’s actually the impersonal idea. We take material things instead of trying to enjoy them we offer them to the service of Krishna for his enjoyment. In this way we should think of so many ideas how to expand the devotional service of the Lord for His enjoyment and that will be the most purifying for us. And of course Krishna is especially satisfied when His devotee is served.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1984, 10th June, SB class, Ekadeshi lecture