ISKCON Vedic Farm Endowment Fund

Donate for the pleasure of Their Lordships Sri Sri Krishna Balarama
   

The ISKCON Temple Endowment Fund is a publicly supported, charitable organization for those who want to purify their lives by engaging some of their hard-earned money in the service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His devotees.

The Vedic scriptures explain that service may be rendered to the Supreme Lord in four ways; by using our speech, our body, our intelligence and our money. Everyone can use the tongue to speak about the glories of Lord Krishna and thus render service by spreading the message Bhagavada-gita to anyone he may meet. Those who have no means can come to ISKCON centers and use his or her body by doing some physical service such as cleaning the temple. Intelligence can be used by participating in the different committees and planning strategies for propagating the message of the Lord or helping organize festivals and preaching programs. Money is acquired by using a combination of one’s speech, body and intelligence, so those who are too busy to become directly involved in ISKCON’s activities may give a percentage of their hard-earned money for the service of the Lord and His mission. This is an excellent method for obtaining the Supreme Lord’s benediction or blessings.

Donations made to ISKCON are tax-exempted in Mauritius and may be deducted from business organizations and individuals’ income tax declarations upon presentation of official receipts issued by authorized ISKCON office bearers. Donations may be made by lump sums or by monthly standing orders through your bank.

Those who are interested in serving Their Lordships Sri Sri Krishna Balarama may contact Temple President Prabhu Sriniketana das, at (230) 418 3185 or Vice-President Arjuna das at (230) 770 9108 or by email at: info@iskconvedicfarm.mu; Arjuna.ACBSP@pamho.net or arjunadas@intnet.mu

Help is needed to finish Their Lordships Sri Sri Krishna Balarama’s Temple/Ashram project at Hare Krishna Road, Vrindavan, Bon Accueil, Mauritius. Future phases include the construction of a three-storied guest house and restaurant.

Quotes from the Vedic scriptures on charity

“One who offers the Deity gifts of land, markets (businesses), villages or towns so that the regular worship and special festivals of the Deities may go on continuously will achieve opulence equal to My own.” (Lord Krishna in the Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 11: Chapter 11, Text 43)

"One who builds a beautiful temple for the Supreme Lord will be freed from all sinful reactions and at death will enter in the eternal Kingdom of God." (Nrisimha Purana)

“Whoever constructs or even helps to construct a temple for the Supreme Lord will protect eight generations of fathers, grandfathers and forefathers from hell.” (Vamana Purana)

By building a temple of Lord Krishna one can attain the eternal spiritual world. One who offers a garden laden with fruits and flowers for the service of the Deity will attain heavenly pleasures. (Vamana Purana)

Acts of sacrifice, charity and penance are not to be given up; they must be performed. Indeed, sacrifice, charity and penance purify even the great souls. All these activities should be performed without attachment or any expectation of result. They should be performed as a matter of duty, O son of Pritha. That is My final opinion. (Bhagavad-gita, chapter 18, verses 5 & 6)

The materialistic way of pious activities like charity is recommended in the Vedas. Money given in charity to a suitable person is guaranteed bank balance in the next life. Such charity is recommended to be given to a Vaishnava (devotee of the Lord). If the money is given in charity to a non-devotee (without brahminical qualification) the money is returned in the next life in the same proportion. If it is given in charity to a half-educated bramachary (student of a bona-fide guru), even then the money is returned double. If the money is given in charity to a learned and fully qualified brahmana devotee, the money is returned a hundred and a thousand times, and if the money is given to a veda-paräga (one who has factually realized the path of the Vedas), it is returned by unlimited multiplication. (Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 2, Chapter 3, Text 17, purport)

Material prosperity consists of a good wife, good home, sufficient land, good children, aristocratic family relations, victory over competitors and, by pious work, attainment of accommodations in the higher celestial planets for better facilities of material amenities. These facilities are earned not only by one's hard manual labor or by unfair means, but by the mercy of the Supreme Lord. Prosperity earned by one's personal endeavor also depends on the mercy of the Lord. Personal labor must be there in addition to the Lord's benediction, but without the Lord's benediction no one is successful simply by personal labor. The modernized man of Kali-yuga believes in personal endeavor and denies the benediction of the Supreme Lord. As far as Vedic shastras or scriptures are concerned, as we find in the pages of Srimad-Bhagavatam, the ultimate sanction for all success rests in the hands of the Supreme Lord. God's sanction is the immediate cause for all happenings, good or bad. Any successful man should feel grateful to the Lord for all he has achieved. (Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 1, Chapter 14, Text 9, purport)

In the Vishnu Purana, kala-shakti is mentioned as avidya. The symptom of the influence of the kala-shakti is that one has to work in the material world for fruitive results. The fruitive workers are described in Bhagavad-gita as mudhas, or foolish. Such foolish living entities are very enthusiastic to work for some temporary benefit within perpetual bondage. One thinks himself very clever throughout his life if he is able to leave behind him a great asset of wealth for his children, and to achieve this temporary benefit he takes the risk of all sinful activities, without knowledge that such activities will keep him perpetually bound by the shackles of material bondage. (Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 3, Chapter 8, Text 12, purport)


In Bhagavad-gita the Lord asks everyone to give up all other occupational duties and absolutely engage in activities of devotional service, or in pleasing the Lord. But almost no one is attracted to such devotional activity. Everyone is more or less attracted by activities which are conditions of rebellion against the Supreme Lord. The systems of jnana and yoga are also indirectly rebellious acts against the Lord. There is no auspicious activity except the devotional service of the Lord. Jnana and yoga are sometimes accepted within the purview of devotional service when the ultimate aim is Vishnu, and not otherwise. The conclusion is that only the devotees of the Lord are bona fide human beings eligible for salvation. Others are vainly struggling for existence without any actual benefit. (Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 3, Chapter 9, Text 17, Text and purport)

“People in general all engage in foolish acts, not in the really beneficial activities enunciated directly by You for their guidance. As long as their tendency for foolish work remains powerful, all their plans in the struggle for existence will be cut to pieces. I therefore offer my obeisances unto Him who acts as eternal time.”
People in general are all engaged in senseless work. They are systematically unmindful of the real beneficial work, which is the devotional service of the Lord. The regulations of devotional service are directly instructed by the Lord in the Narada-pancaratra and are strictly followed by the intelligent men, who know well that the highest perfectional goal of life is to reach Lord Vishnu, who is the root of the tree called the cosmic manifestation. Also, in the Bhagavatam and in Bhagavad-gita such regulative activities are clearly mentioned. Foolish people do not know that their self-interest is in realization of Vishnu. In the Srimad Bhagavatam, (7.5.30-32), Prahlada Maharaja says: “Persons who are determined to totally rot in false, material happiness cannot become Krishna-minded either by instructions from teachers, by self-realization or by parliamentary discussions. They are dragged by the unbridled senses into the darkest region of ignorance, and thus they madly engage in what is called ‘chewing the chewed.' Because of their foolish activities, they are unaware that the ultimate goal of human life is to achieve Vishnu, the Lord of the cosmic manifestation, and so their struggle for existence is in the wrong direction of material civilization, which is under the external energy. They are led by similar foolish persons, just as one blind man is led by another blind man and both fall in the ditch. Such foolish men cannot be attracted towards the activities of the Supreme Powerful, who is actually the neutralizing measure for their foolish activities, unless and until they have the good sense to be guided by the great souls who are completely freed from material attachment.” (The Prayers of Lord Brahma to the Lord, Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 3, Chapter 9, Text 17, Text and purport)

 

 
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