Srila Prabhupada

"Here in this material world, everyone is trying to possess more – more wealth, more education, more beauty, more family prestige, aristocracy. This is materialism. And spiritualism means just the opposite. Therefore people are not attracted to spiritualism. I have told you that I was thinking when I was dreaming that 'Guru Maharaja is asking me to come out,' and I was going… Did I say this story? Yes. So I was afraid: 'Oh, I have to give up my family. And I become… I have to become sannyasi? And I have to go behind my Guru Maharaja? No, no, it is horrible.' I was thinking. But he forced me to it. He is so kind that he forced me, somehow or other. That is mercy. I can understand now that how much merciful was my Guru Maharaja that he forced me to take this life.

So therefore it was enquired by Yudhisthira Maharaja… There is a verse in the Srimad-Bhagavatam that… This question was raised by Pariksit Maharaja to Sukadeva Gosvami. So 'Your Honor, we see just the opposite thing, that one who is devotee of Lord Vishnu, the wife…, the husband of the goddess of fortune, they become gradually poorer.' Because a Vaishnava, generally, they remain humble and poor, brahmana also. 'Whereas the worshiper of Lord Siva…' Lord Siva means…, at least, he voluntarily accepts all poverty. His wife is Durga-devi, so powerful. Srsti-sthiti-pralaya-sadhana-saktir eka (Bs. 5.44). She can make a new universe, she is so powerful. But this couple, Lord Siva and Parvati, they have no house even to live. They live under the tree – so poor, no residential house even. 'So when one becomes devotee of Lord Siva, he gets material opulence. He becomes rich. He gets good wife. He gets all material opulences. And when one becomes the devotee of Vishnu, the husband of goddess of fortune, he becomes poor. Why this contradiction? This is contradiction. The worshiper of the Lord of goddess of fortune is becoming poorer, and the worshiper of the vagabond, who has no house even, lives underneath a bael tree – that is also not very good – and his devotee becomes so opulent materially. So why this difference?' These are statement. I have stated several times.

So Sukadeva Gosvami said to Pariksit that 'This very question was raised by your grandfather, Maharaja Yudhisthira, to Lord Krishna, and what He replied I'll say.' So in that connection he gave quotation of Krishna. Krishna said to Maharaja Yudhisthira… Maharaja Yudhisthira, by hint, asked Krishna that 'We are Your friend, and why we are put into such tribulations that we have lost our kingdom? We are now living in the forest. Our wife is insulted. Why?' So the reply was that yasyaham anugrhnami harisye tad-dhanam sanaih (SB 10.88.8). Means… Krishna said that 'When I make one especially favored, then I take away all his riches to make him niskincana.' Niskincana means one becomes almost poverty-stricken. Nobody cares for him. Then he becomes fully surrendered to Krishna."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Mayapur, October 6, 1974)