Srimad Bhagavatam 11.08.11 - Use Lakshmi in Krishna's Service (download mp3)
by Jayadvaita Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty
sayantanam svastanam va
na sangrhnita bhiksitam
maksikeva na sangrahi
A saintly person should not think, “This food I will keep to eat tonight and this other food I can save for tomorrow.” In other words, a saintly person should not store foodstuffs acquired by begging. Rather, he should use his own hands as his plate and eat whatever fits on them. His only storage container should be his belly, and whatever conveniently fits into his belly should be his stock of food. Thus one should not imitate the greedy honeybee who eagerly collects more and more honey.
There are two types of honeybees: those who collect nectar from the flowers and those who actually manufacture honey in the beehive. This verse refers to the second class. The greedy honeybee eventually collects so much honey that he is trapped in his hive; and in the same way, a materialistic person becomes trapped under the burden of unnecessary material accumulation. One who is interested in making spiritual progress should avoid such a situation; however, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura points out that for the purpose of spreading Krsna consciousness one may accumulate an unlimited amount of material opulence. This is called yukta-vairagya, or using everything in the service of Krsna. A saintly person who is unable to work in Lord Caitanya’s mission should practice austerities and collect only what he can hold in his hands and belly. However, one who has given his life to Krsna may collect unlimitedly on Lord Krsna’s behalf. In fact, without acquiring material opulence, how is it possible to spread the Krsna consciousness movement all over the world? But if one tries to personally enjoy the funds or facilities acquired for the missionary activities of the Krsna consciousness movement, he commits the greatest offense. Therefore, even in the name of Lord Krsna, one should collect only what he can immediately engage in practical devotional service; otherwise one will fall down to the platform of ordinary greediness.