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© 2004 - Hansadutta das
[Posted March 8, 2007]

Not Meant for Money

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Ed Nabors - March 7, 2007 - Georgia trucker has big lottery haul
• Ed Nabors, 52, wins half of huge Mega Millions jackpot
• $390 million kitty sets a record; Georgian will net $80 million
• Winner says he'll buy house for daughter, property for himself
• Second winner, in New Jersey, has not stepped forward
Srila Prabhupada
MSN Money - 8 lottery winners who lost their millions  Having piles of cash only compounds problems for some people. Here are sad tales of foolishness, hit men, greedy relatives and dreams dashed.

For a lot of people, winning the lottery is the American dream. But for many lottery winners, the reality is more like a nightmare.

"Winning the lottery isn't always what it's cracked up to be," says Evelyn Adams, who won the New Jersey lottery not just once, but twice (1985, 1986), to the tune of $5.4 million. Today the money is all gone and Adams lives in a trailer.
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Got money, now what?
excerpt from Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.6, Rome, May 24, 1974

Comings and Goings

You Always Get What's Coming to You Hansadutta das

Generally, everyone is engaged in various plans for improving his economic condition. Even if a person is born with all kinds of economic facility--"born with a silver spoon in his mouth," like a Rockefeller or a Rothschild--still we find that he is engaged in trying to increase his economic position. No matter how much wealth a man accumulates, he is never satisfied. We find that just the opposite is true--the more wealth a man accumulates, the more anxious he becomes to accumulate wealth. more

Sanatana Gosvami was intelligent. He inquired that, ke ami kene amaya jare tapa-traya, first question to the spiritual master, that "What is my identification? Why I am suffering these threefold miseries?" They do not know what is threefold... Miseries are there, but they do not know, so dull-headed people. Adhyatmika, adhibhautika, adhidaivika, three kinds of miseries, there must be. Either three or two or at least one must be. No, three are always there. Adhyatmika means pertaining to the body or mind. "Today I am very weak." "Today I have got jaundice." "Today I have got this some stomach trouble, dysentery." These are called adhyatmika. Or mind is not very nice. And adhidaivika. Just like severe cold, severe heat, earthquake. These are... Famine, pestilence. There are so many things, adhidaivika. And adhibhautika, miseries offered by another living entity. In this way we are always implicated.

Therefore Sanatana Gosvami inquired that "I do not want this. I do not want this. But why they are imposed upon me?" This is very intelligent question. "If there is any solution?" That is intelligence, not temporary mitigation of... Temporary... Weather... Just like it is summer or winter. Anyway. Summer, in the summer we are suffering, scorching heat. At that time we are hankering after some cool place. And during winter we are suffering from chilly cold, rain. So these things will go on. So long you are in the material world, you cannot avoid it. Therefore Sanatana Gosvami inquired, "Why these things give me trouble, although I do not want them?" This is very intelligent. "Is there is any solution?"

So the modern civilization, modern or past, foolish people, they do not want the solution. They think that "Things are going on like this. We cannot avoid it. Let us suffer." That is not intelligence. If you are suffering, then you must find out the remedy. And actually, we are doing that. But because we do not know what is the actual remedy, we are missing the point. But there is solution. And for this solution, one must go to the spiritual master. That is described. Samsara-davanala-lidha-loka-tranaya. This materialistic life is always like the blazing fire in the forest. So tranaya. How to get out of it. Tranaya it is called. Tranaya means to relieve from the suffering. Karunya-ghanaghanatvam. So how these sufferings can be mitigated? So people have become so dull-headed, they cannot understand what is the real suffering, and neither they have any inquiries how to mitigate the sufferings. This is the position. Therefore they are called shudras. Shudras, they are like... A brahmana is intelligent. Therefore we are trying to make people brahmana so that he may become intelligent. Not shudras. Others are trying to make them shudras. Shudras means to remain in ignorance, and brahmana means to remain in knowledge. That is the difference between brahmana and shudra. And these two other classes, via media, kshatriya and vaishya. The brahmanas are supposed to be the first-class men in the society. The kshatriyas, the second class, the vaishyas, the third class, and the remaining, all fourth class and fifth class.

So there was no meeting of the fourth-class, fifth-class men. What they will do? Simply pass some resolution, that's all. What they will do? Just like this United Nations. What can they do? For the last twenty years, they are trying to make solution of the problems of the world. They have so many department. The one department is WHO, World Health Organization. So because they are all shudras, what they can make, make solution? The present moment, the whole world is full of shudras, and they have got money. So they are simply spending for sense gratification. Therefore, according to Vedic civilization, shudras should not be given much money. Simply what they actually require, that's all. Because they do not know how to utilize money. At the present moment, because the whole population are shudras, as soon as they get money, they spend it for wine, women, and squander it away. Big, big rich men in America, they spend fifty thousand dollars in a week in Florida for seeing naked dance. Is it not? Is it not a fact? Because they are shudras. They do not know how to spend money. And formerly, before this, people were little intelligent, or at least they had some religious faith. So they constructed temple, churches, mosque. Nowadays these things is stopped. As soon as one gets money, "How to spend it after sense gratification?"

So formerly there was no meetings of the shudras. The meeting was held about, amongst the brahmanas, saintly persons, to consider how people will remain happy, how their spiritualistic life will be advanced. Therefore the brahmanas were the heads, and others, kshatriyas and vaishyas and shudras, they used to take instruction from the brahmanas, for their livelihood. That was very good system. That is natural. Just like in this body there are the same brahmana, kshatriya, vaishya, shudra. The brahmana is the head, the brain, and the kshatriya the arms, and vaishya the belly, and shudra is the legs. So when the body is healthy condition, the brain is very nice, then the brain gives direction to the legs, to the hands, to the belly. Brain, if one has got good brain, he does not eat much. "Why should I eat more? When I am not hungry, why shall I load the belly?" It requires brain. And "No, here is a very nice palatable thing. Let me load it." Because he has no brain. And after loading, then dysentery. You see? So in every action, the brain is required.

So therefore the brahmanas, they were first-class brain of the society, and they used to give direction to the people in general, beginning from the kshatriya, vaishyas and shudras. They used to give instruction to the kshatriyas, next intelligent class of men, for administration. And the kshatriyas used to rule over the government according to the brahmana's instruction. And the vaishyas also, they used to produce food grains and give protection to the cows. In this way, they were discharging their duty. And the shudras, they were carrying out the orders of these three higher classes.

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