Better To Give Charity To Krsna Than To Lose At Death

Srimad Bhagavatam 08.20.05-06 - Better To Give Charity To Krsna Than To Lose At Death (download mp3)
by Jagannath Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

 SB 8.20.5
naham bibhemi nirayan
nadhanyad asukharnavat
na sthana-cyavanan mrtyor
yatha vipra-pralambhanat

I do not fear hell, poverty, an ocean of distress, falldown from my position or even death itself as much as I fear cheating a brahmana.

SB 8.20.6
yad yad dhasyati loke 'smin
samparetam dhanadikam
tasya tyage nimittam kim
vipras tusyen na tena cet

My lord, you can also see that all the material opulences of this world are certainly separated from their possessor at death. Therefore, if the brahmana Vamanadeva is not satisfied by whatever gifts one has given, why not please Him with the riches one is destined to lose at death?

The word vipra means brahmana, and at the same time "confidential." Bali Maharaja had confidentially decided to give the gift to Lord Vamanadeva without discussion, but because such a decision would hurt the hearts of the asuras and his spiritual master, Sukracarya, he spoke equivocally. Bali Maharaja, as a pure devotee, had already decided to give all the land to Lord Visnu.