Earn money for good activities
By:Dama Ghosha Dasa (Seattle, USA)
Earn money for good activities - "your activities" is sinful activity - Srila Prabhupada
The following are two different things, but the same idea in both - namely if we
use our senses, given to us by God, for any purpose other than to satisfy Him, we become implicated in papa, or sinful activity, also known on the street as - "bad ju ju".
Lectures, January 05, 1975, Bombay
So the Aniruddha, He is the master of the senses, as it is stated here, hrsikanam adhisvaram, adhisvaram, master, proprietor. So the common sense is that if my hand is the property of Krishna, why it should be used for me? It should be used for Krishna. This is good sense. Suppose something belongs to somebody else. If you use it for your purpose, that is illegal, not lawful. This is my watch. If you take away this watch and use for your purpose, then it is criminal. You cannot say the watch is being used either by him or by... It is being used, that's all. No. You cannot use it. You can use it only by the permission of the proprietor. Without permission of the proprietor, if you use it, then you are criminal or you are sinful. Similarly, we have got all the senses. The senses are meant for working. The eyes are meant for seeing, the ears are meant for
hearing, the nose is meant for smelling, the hand is meant for touching, the leg is meant for going, the stomach is meant for eating - so many, we have got, different senses. They are meant for different purpose. But if the purpose is for your sense gratification,
then you are criminal because you are not proprietor. This is to understand bhakti. If you do not use all the senses for Krishna's purpose, then it is criminal. That is called papa.
So you are doing that. Every one of us, who is doing for Krishna? Nobody is doing for Krishna. Everyone is doing for his own purpose. He is taking one flower. The devotee is bringing the flower: "Oh, very nice flower. Let me take it to the temple and offer it to Krishna." That is devotion. The same flower, "Oh, it is very nice flower. Oh, let me
pin it on my bunch of hair." That is papa. The same thing. You must know how to utilize it. That is called bhakti. Everything can be utilized. Nirbandhah krsna-sambandhe yuktam vairagyam ucyate. That art we have to learn. Anasaktasya visayan. Visayan means objectives for sense gratification, visayan. Ahara-nidra-bhaya-maithunam ca. These are called visaya - eating, sleeping, mating, and defending.
So we are visaya. Everyone are. We are eating. Everyone is eating. Who can say, "I am not eating"? So visaya. So our business should be not to be attached for eating. Then shall I starve and die? No, you eat Krishna prasadam. Eating is not stopped.
Eating means as you are cooking for yourself at home, the same cooking, do it for Krishna and offer it to Krishna and eat it. That's all. The mode of life should be changed. That is Krishna consciousness. It is not that you shall give up eating. No, how can I give you that? No, it is not possible. Neither Krishna says, "Just give up eating." Never you will find in the Bhagavad... Yuktahara-viharasya. You must eat what you need. Yuktahara-viharasya yogo bhavati duhkha-ha. Krishna never says that "Unnecessarily you starve." You never find in the Bhagavad-gita; neither any acharya will say. Rather, you offer to Krishna first-class foodstuff because He is the enjoyer, and Krishna is so kind, He will leave everything for you for taking prasadam. So automatically you can satisfy your tongue. You offer to Krishna first-class food, and Krishna is so kind that He will eat; at the same time, He will keep it for you. Purnasya purnam adaya purnam eva avasisyate. Krishna's eating is not like that: because you have given Him very nice foodstuff, He will eat everything and nothing for you. (laughter) That is not Krishna. Krishna
eats everything, He accepts your service, and keeps everything for you.
So this is bhakti-marga. It is very nice. Simply you have to learn how to engage your senses. Hrsikena hrsikesa-sevanam bhaktir ucyate. Your senses are property of Hrishikesha....
This is Krishna consciousness. You have to act by the desires of Krishna. That is the proper use of your senses. You cannot use for your purpose. Just like you are working in some establishment. Anything in that establishment, you can use for the proprietor's business. You cannot use it. Just like in hospital there are blankets. It is written there, "Hospital Property." So long you are in the hospital, you can use it. But you cannot take it outside. Then you are criminal. Similarly, everything... Isavasyam idam sarvam. Everything belongs to God, and you can use it for the service of God. Tena tyaktena bhunjitha ma grdhah kasya svid dhanam. This is the instruction, Vedic instruction. You can use it as prasadam, but everything should be offered to the Supreme. Yajnarthe karmanah loko 'yam karma-bandhanah. If you do not do that, if you engage yourself always in good activities, as the karmis they do, and earn money and use it for your own sense gratification that is papa activity. So therefore, if we become sinful every moment, how we can become happy? It is not possible. If you want to become happy, you have to become pious. And the standard of piety is to become Krishna conscious, devotee of Krishna. That is the highest perfection of life.
Thank you very much. (end)
Conversations, June 05, 1974, Geneva
Prabhupada: ...friend, but what is my business? My business is to serve the senses, that's all. Kamadinam, kama, krodha, lobha, moha, matsarya, mada, the six kinds of sense gratification I am doing. This is actual... Just like this man, he is thinking he is very big man, but he's servant of his dog. Is it not? But he is thinking that he is very big man. He does not think that "What is my business? To serve this dog in the morning." He has no sense. Because he has no prescribed duty to serve Krishna... He must serve, and therefore he must serve dog. That is his position. But still, he's thinking, "Why these foolish people are chanting Hare Krishna? I am serving the dog. I am very big man." He has become very big man by serving the dog, and we are trying to serve Krishna.