The importance of working together in Krishna consciousness.
We purchased the first land in Mayapur for Srila Swami Maharaj, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj. When it was finished, a group did many things against Swami Maharaj, but they failed. I have heard that now Iskcon has acquired four hundred acres of land in Mayapur. They have made large buildings and done many things there; it is all the glory of Mahaprabhu and Swami Maharaj.
Side by side, however, politics go on. This is very bad. I cannot understand: if people come to practise Krishna consciousness, then why are they not eagerly trying for Krishna consciousness? If they do that, then their healthy mood will spread to everybody, and they will be benefitted. I am trying to help others, and through that I am getting benefit. I experience this.
If one person is very poor within the Marwari society, what do they do? They give money to that person and try to make him rich. It is very beneficial. Their intention is that nobody in their society will be poor.
I asked someone who donated for this land in Kolkata how he earned his money. He told me, and I said, “You are giving money to that man without any record and believing he will repay you?”
He said, “Yes Maharaj.”
“You do not ever lose your money?”
“Oh sometimes. Sometimes I lose two lakhs or five lakhs of rupees, but I again give money to him, to make him rich. Once he is rich, he will pay back his debt.”
This should be our intention: everybody in our society must be rich. We can learn from the Marwari society. Whoever comes into our society and joins the line of Krishna consciousness, we shall try to make him rich! He is our friend, our brother. He may lose many things, and he may do something wrong sometimes, but if I see he has done wrong, I will not think, “I will not touch him. Get out!” I will think, “He has done wrong; I shall help him.”
There is always the possibility that you will do wrong. If that ever happens, then you must again try to come back to the right position. You should become rich! Your Guru is wealthy, so why should you be poor? Kaviraj Goswami has given an example: “Don’t dig on this side, that side, or that other side. Dhanera jhari padibeka tomara hatete (Cc 2.20.135): dig in the proper place and you will get the hidden treasure.”
It is actually living in your heart: Krishna is living in your heart, and where Krishna is, there is Krishna consciousness.
uttisthata jagrata prapya varan nibodhata
ksurasya dhara nisita duratyaya
durgam pathas tat kavayo vadanti
This is the instruction of the Vedas, Vedanta, Upanisads; everywhere we are told, “Wake up, wake up! Awake and take your property. You are running like a beggar life after life, but you are not actually poor. Take it, hold it, and taste it!” “Srnvantu visve amrtasya putra (Su, 2.5): You are sons of nectar, sons of the nectarean ocean.” This is Srila Guru Maharaj’s, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj’s, expression. We are not thinking actually. Sanatan Goswami’s question is very simple and very small, and the answer is also very small. “Ke ami: who am I?” “You are amrtasya putra, sons of nectar.”
Everything is very nice, but if the visaya [material sense objects] come before us and we cannot properly use them, then they bind us within the material environment. It is necessary to avoid that illusory environment through knowledge of Krishna consciousness, transcendental knowledge.
Srila Das Goswami said that when you are in a troubled position, you can take the name of the Vaisnavas: “Save me from this mundane friend! ‘God save me from my friends.’” They are coming in the form of friends, and that is the great difficulty. Like Vibhisan: he was Ramachandra’s friend, but when Mahiravan came in the form of Vibhisan to attack Ramachandra, then even Hanuman was puzzled. We cannot recognise what is maya or where is Krishna. We have a little difficulty now, but it will go away through our mood of devotion and activity. Hare Krishna.
Spoken on 22 December 1989.