Examples Of Charitable Persons

Srimad Bhagavatam 08.20.10 - Examples Of Charitable Persons (download mp3)
by Hrishikesh Ananda Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

 SB 8.20.10
manasvinah karunikasya sobhanam
yad arthi-kamopanayena durgatih
kutah punar brahma-vidam bhavadrsam
tato vator asya dadami vañchitam

By giving charity, a benevolent and merciful person undoubtedly becomes even more auspicious, especially when he gives charity to a person like your good self. Under the circumstances, I must give this little brahmacari whatever charity He wants from me.

If one accepts a poverty-stricken position because of losing money in business, gambling, prostitution or intoxication, no one will praise him, but if one becomes poverty-stricken by giving all of his possessions in charity, he becomes adored all over the world. Aside from this, if a benevolent and merciful person exhibits his pride in becoming poverty-stricken by giving his possessions in charity for good causes, his poverty is a welcome and auspicious sign of a great personality. Bali Maharaja decided that even though he would become poverty-stricken by giving everything to Vamanadeva, this is what he would prefer.