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Question: Due to the preaching effort of devotees many people are taking to Kṛṣṇa consciousness amongst them are many young children who are engaged in studies. They spend a lot of money studying and get financial help from their families and parents. Now these people, when they come to Kṛṣṇa consciousness if we allure them or enthuse them with financial help, do you think this would be a good proposal? What is your opinion in this matter?

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Jayapatākā Swami: Śrīla Prabhupāda, when he went to the West, if somebody started education, he encouraged them to leave. Because he needed helpers to spread the Kṛṣṇa consciousness. But if the people were already advanced in their education, he would tell them to go and finish. So by the colleges, universities we have established bases, kind of spiritual hostels where they can stay and chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. We do that. I never heard about giving money for their studies. Now, we don’t encourage people to give up their studies but teach them how to keep their mind on Kṛṣṇa. And many of them become gṛhasthas and some of them become brahmacārīs. We teach them how to serve Kṛṣṇa in any situation. The question of giving money does not arise unless we have a lot of money. But anyway, what is the guarantee that they will be Kṛṣṇa conscious, if we give them money for their education? If we have work for them, we can give them money, like some of the businesses give scholarships but you have to work for the business. So this is something we can consider in the future.
09-October-2021 Sridham Mayapur, India