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Money   Problems


The problem of maintaining Krsna conscious­ness while raising money is common both to the temple devotees and to those living outside. Methods of fund-raising to maintain temples some­times come into conflict with the devotee's desire for a peaceful life of chanting and hearing. It is be­yond the scope of this book to discuss how the temples of ISKCON should finance themselves. But I will discuss obstacles met by grhasthas who work with nondevotees, and some of these obstacles will also be applicable to temple devotees. Narada Muni and Prabhupada, in the Seventh Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam, give relevant instruc­tions for how grhasthas may earn their livelihood without sacrificing Krsna consciousness. There is no indication that by earning money one is dis­honored or considered a "karmi" or less of a devotee. Rather, Lord Krsna criticizes the false transcendentalist who refuses to work and lives at the expense of honest grhasthas:


On the other hand, if a sincere person tries to control the active senses by the mind and begins karma-yoga (in Krsna consciousness) without attachment, he is by far superior.



Instead of becoming a pseudo transcendentalist for the sake of wanton living and sense enjoyment, it is far better to remain in one's own business and execute the purpose of life, which is to get free from material bondage and enter into the kingdom of God. . . A householder can also reach  this destination by regulated service in Krsna con­sciousness. . . A sincere person who follows this method  is  far  better  situated  than   the   false pretender who adopts show-bottle spiritualism to cheat the innocent public. A sincere sweeper in the street is far better than a charlatan medi­tator who meditates only for the sake of making a living.

—Bhagavad-gita As It Is 3.7


In the Eighteenth Chapter of Bhagavad-gita, "The Perfection of Renunciation," Lord Krsna gives His opinion that one should not give up prescribed duties. Prabhupada writes, "One who is in Krsna consciousness should not give up earning money out of fear that he is performing fruitive activities. If by working one can engage his money in Krsna consciousness. . . one should not desist out of fear or because such activities are considered trouble­some" {Bg. 18.8). Prabhupada goes on jx> praise "many members of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness who work very hard in their office or factory," and calls them "actually sannyasls" because they give from their earnings for the pur­pose of Krsna consciousness.