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Karmic Trust Fund
by Bhakta Sean

Hi. I am writing this in response to the article by His Holiness Danavir Goswami. He asserts one's assets are fixed by karma and that what one does cannot change them.

I would disagree that one should just hand over all one's money to the devotees of Krishna. This is illogical. Say one had a savings of 10,000 dollars. Well, then this person thinks, "I will give this money to Krishna Consciousness," in response to exhortations by the devotees that Krishna will organise everything, even if one has no money. Subsequently this individual has no money. Then if he can't handle his personal needs he must disturb either himself or others and make efforts to get money for himself. But if he keeps his money to himself, reasoning that whatever money he has has been allotted to him and that even if he gives it away he will get it back in some fashion, he avoids a huge amount of hassle.

For a start, if one is associating with devotees, then if he runs out of money he must either ask the devotees for money or he must disturb karmis. There is no point in asking devotees for money as they themselves have all given it away for Krishna's Service and many of them are begging for funds for their daily needs. I saw the email on Chakra from a devotee in Mayapur who didn't have money for his son's gurukula education and was soliciting donations. So this individual has given up his occupation and moved to Mayapur, but ISKCON is still wanting money from him or they won't give his child education?

Better for all devotees to keep whatever money they have for their personal expenses and to only give what they can afford.

ys
Sean

© CHAKRA 3 October 2001

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