(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 29 September 2013, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 2.2.36)
Real security is with Krsna. The more one places his faith in Krsna, the more everything becomes successful. This is what we see in Srila Prabhupada who came to the Western world with forty rupees and then had so many assets at the end of his life.
Some journalists would inquire about Prabhupada’s wealth. They were seeing him as one of those gurus who were exploiting and living-off the wealth of their disciples. So at one point Prabhupada volunteered, he said, “Yes, I have many cars. Yes, I have cars all over the world.”
“Oh, the Swami has cars all over the world!” You can see the headlines, it is going to be good! But then he said, “Yes, my disciples are driving these cars everywhere to spread the message of the Bhagavad-gita.” The journalists ripped up their notes and said, “This one will not make any article, useless!”
They tried to portray him as selfish, like an exploiter but instead, Prabhupada turned it around and just showed selflessness. He was simply maintaining all possessions in a selfless way – so many temples, so many buildings, so many cars and so many things but all in a selfless way. Yes rooms, large rooms but Prabhupada filled them up with devotees who would meet him there for darshan. So, no selfish use of any of the facilities – no such thing. Just all for Krsna, as much as possible!