I think this might be stretching the yukta-vairagya principle a little, Prabhus.
When the frenzy for laxmi collection in certain parts of our movement is eventually displaced by education and genuine comprehension of our siddhanta, devotees won’t be so easy manipulated into this sort of thing. Perhaps then some of us who might be a little visually challenged could become this desperate ???? 🙂 (This is all meant in good humour – please don’t take offense if the shoe fits here.)
SB 7.13.34 Purport (bolding added):
We recommend that as soon as money accumulates in our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, fifty per cent of it should be invested in printing books, and fifty per cent for expenditures, especially in establishing centers all over the world. The managers of the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement should be extremely cautious in regard to this point. Otherwise money will be the cause of lamentation, illusion, fear, anger, material attachment, material poverty, and unnecessary hard work.
When I was alone in Vṛndāvana, I never attempted to construct maṭhās or temples; rather, I was fully satisfied with the small amount of money I could gather by selling Back to Godhead, and thus I would provide for myself and also print the literature. When I went to foreign countries, I lived according to the same principle, but when Europeans and Americans began to give money profusely, I started temples and Deity worship. The same principle should still be followed. Whatever money is collected should be spent for Kṛṣṇa, and not a farthing for sense gratification. This is the Bhāgavata principle.
Srila Prabhupada ki jaya!!!
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