(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Radhadesh, Belgium, January 2012) Lecture: SB. 5.9.4

The devotee in his private life will be inclined to minimise the involvement with material matters. For example the purports in the Caitanya-caritamrta, in the instructions to Sanatana Goswami, the gṛhastha-āśrama is described, and there Srila Prabhupada explains:

“Yes, and those who are initiated gṛhastha devotees, should not desire to have the same standard of life as those who are in the world!”

That is interesting because, when looking at the gṛhastha, then sometimes I give the example of the difference between the gṛhastha-āśrama and the brahmacārī-āśrama. And how in the brahmacārī-āśrama, the brahmacārī every once in a while should clean his room….and should put everything outside room…clean out the whole room, and before he puts it back inside, then ask three times:

“Do I really need this?”

And if the answer is no three times, then do not put it back. Whereas in the gṛhastha-āśrama the mood is more of:

“Well, if you can use it, and it is allowed, then why not? It can come in handy.”

So the whole house fills up with boxes stacking up, and accumulating – you never know:

“I think we got one of those things! No, I think we do.”

It takes more time to find it, then to buy it! But we’ve got one somewhere stashed away. So this contrast is interesting between the two. So vaisnavas in their private life are generally not accumulators – they are generally also careful and inclined towards simplifying life, regardless of āśrama!


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