Question: Is the option better for grihastas working outside earning enough money to support the temple, or depending on the temple for maintenance, by serving the mission but would not be able to contribute much. We can see that devotees who have dedicated their lives is not valued and sometimes neglected. Rather, devotees who have contributed money for the mission are more likely to be of more importance.
Guru maharaj: We see from the pastime today of Suklambara Brahmacari and Lord Caitanya, maybe a donor is gratified. But Lord Caitanya accepted the gift of Suklambara Brahmacari, even he didn’t offer it, it was taken by force! Because Suklambara was a pure devotee. So we shouldn’t be, is that your motive, are you doing service to be gratified? Or you want to encourage people who give donation, oh, all glories, all glories, we chant. That doesn’t mean that we think that their service is better than the devotee who is day and night chanting 16 rounds and doing dedicated service. If you want to be glorified, Lord Caitanya in the third verse of the Siksatstakam said, we should offer respect to others and not expect respect for ourselves. But if you want respect, all glories to the devotees! Haribol! Ha! I hope you are satisfied! Ha!HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI23rd February 2020Sri Dham Mayapur, India