By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
You are making some charity? All right. Make charity for Krishna. “Well, Krishna is God, and He is very rich. Why shall I make charity to Krishna?” No. Krishna says, dadāsi: “Give Me that charity. Give Me that charity.” Krishna is not poor, but you are very proud that you try to make charity with Krishna’s property.
I am thinking… I come here for a short duration of life. Say, I am born a hundred years before or fifty years before, and I live here for fifty years and then go away, but I claim, “This is my property.” Wherefrom your property comes? Before your birth the property was there, and after your death the property will remain there for thousand and millions of years. Wherefrom you claim your property? You have no property. You are simply an outcomer, a guest. So you should accept that this is Krishna’s property; this is God’s property. You are falsely claiming that it is your property. It is not your property. So when Krishna asks you that “Give Me in charity,” so that – you are foolishly thinking that it is your money – Krishna is just trying to take your money – so that your false consciousness may be dispelled. Therefore He is asking your money in charity.
Just like there is a nice story, Bali Mahārāja. Bali Mahārāja, he became a very strong king. Nowadays, as in the modern age, we find a strong government or a strong king, he simply tries to conquer other countries. Formerly they were able to conquer other planets also. They were so powerful. So this Bali Mahārāja became so powerful that he conquered many of the higher planets of the demigods. Thus he became a disturbing element. So God, as incarnation of Vāmanadeva, He… Bali Mahārāja was also a grandson of a great devotee, Prahlāda Mahārāja. He had that blood – devotional blood. He had some devotion to Lord Krishna also. But at the same time, he was king. He was conquering life. He was making disturbance like that. Continue reading