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Title: Greatest Charity
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-06-09 21:00:34
vidyaadhat param dhanam naabhutam nabhavishyati
"There is no gift, treasure, charity or welfare work greater than distributing spiritual (vidya) knowledge, neither has there ever been, nor in the future will there ever be."
- Krityakalpataru (smriti) of Bhatta Laksmidara
Commentary by Swami Gaurangapada:
This is because pure spiritual knowledge about the science of chanting the Holy Names and the soul's eternal relationship with Lord Gauranga-Krishna can terminate forever the most miserable and painful journey of the soul in the cycle of birth and death thereby putting a permanent end to extreme sufferings like old age, disease, death, birth, poverty, hunger, natural calamities, violence etc. Thus, social welfare organizations endeavor to mitigate these pains for some souls for some time by providing immediate relief which is quite good but on the same hand one requires to address these problems at the root which is the cycle of birth and death and transmigration of the soul from one body to another. This is only possible by pure unadulterated knowledge of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna Naam Yoga and Bhakti Yoga.