Srimad Bhagavatam 08.19.35-37 - The Fallacies Of Modern Success Mantra (download mp3)
by Krishna candra Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
nistham te narake manye
hy apradatuh pratisrutam
pratisrutasya yo 'nisah
You will certainly be unable to fulfill your promise, and I think that because of this inability your eternal residence will be in hell.
na tad danam prasamsanti
yena vrttir vipadyate
danam yajñas tapah karma
loke vrttimato yatah
Learned scholars do not praise that charity which endangers one's own livelihood. Charity, sacrifice, austerity and fruitive activities are possible for one who is competent to earn his livelihood properly. [They are not possible for one who cannot maintain himself.]
dharmaya yasase 'rthaya
kamaya sva-janaya ca
pañcadha vibhajan vittam
ihamutra ca modate
Therefore one who is in full knowledge should divide his accumulated wealth in five parts for religion, for reputation, for opulence, for sense gratification and for the maintenance of his family members. Such a person is happy in this world and in the next.
The sastras enjoin that if one has money one should divide all that he has accumulated into five divisions one part for religion, one part for reputation, one part for opulence, one part for sense gratification and one part to maintain the members of his family. At the present, however, because people are bereft of all knowledge, they spend all their money for the satisfaction of their family. Srila Rupa Gosvami taught us by his own example by using fifty percent of his accumulated wealth for Krsna, twenty-five percent for his own self, and twenty-five percent for the members of his family. One's main purpose should be to advance in Krsna consciousness. This will include dharma, artha and kama. However, because one's family members expect some profit, one should also satisfy them by giving them a portion of one's accumulated wealth. This is a sastric injunction.