By Niraj Bidawatka
My money is very dear to me. I have worked so hard to accumulate it. I did not even consider what is wrong or right, while accumulating it. I did not care that I was acting sinfully while accumulating it. I must admit that I have a huge bank balance and most of that is accumulated sinfully.
Had I acted uprightly and honestly, it wouldn’t have been possible for me to amass so much money. It is a fact that in today’s world, it is not possible to earn a fortune without acting sinfully.
The Hare Krishna devotees tell me that I am a thief because I am claiming Krishna’s money as my own. Although they ask me to return the money back to Krishna by giving a donation to the temple, I am reluctant to do so.
I do realize deep down the heart, that it is Krishna’s money and if I don’t give it back to Krishna, I will have to spend it on hospital bills, litigation expenses, etc. Or some thief may steal it or the government may confiscate it. But nonetheless, I am ready to undergo such sufferings. But I will not give any money to the devotees of Krishna. I think that the devotees want to fleece money out from me.
However, Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita (10.34) that “I steal everything in the form of death.”
Krishna also says, “Give Me something! If you don’t have anything, at least give Me a fruit, or flower. If you don’t have money to even buy a fruit or a flower, at least give Me some water.”
So why is Krishna demanding such insignificant things from us? After all He is Almighty God and I have heard that He possesses all opulences to the fullest extent.
The devotees tell me that Krishna is demanding gifts because a loving relation is established with someone when we give gifts to that person. So we exhibit our love by giving gifts.
So now I have decided to give Krishna some good chunk of my money because I want to develop a loving relationship with Him. I have also come to realize that I cannot fool Krishna by offering Him a just a fruit and a flower while keeping the huge bank balance for my personal enjoyment.
And actually, it is not my money that I am offering to Krishna. In fact, it is Krishna’s money, which He has kindly given to me. I am just showing my gratitude by returning His money back to Him.