1. Solving ISKCON’s financial problems with Himalaya gold

    (From Giriraja Maharaja's Vyasa-puja offering, 2016)

    Dhananjaya Dasa told me that at his initiation Srila Prabhupada said, "Dhananjaya means 'winner of wealth,'" and added, moving his arms all around, "Money is flying in all directions—you simply have to learn the art of catching it."

    The next morning Dhananjaya raised a question related to a purport he had read in Prabhupada's Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.12.33):

    "Maharaja Marutta: . . . [He] conducted one sacrifice called Sankara-yajna by which the Lord was so satisfied that He was pleased to hand over to him the charge of a mountain peak of gold. This peak of gold is somewhere in the Himalaya Mountains, and modern adventurers may try to find it there."

    "Srila Prabhupada," Dhananjaya asked, "Is it true that there is mountain peak in the Himalayas made of solid gold?"

    "Yes, there is such a peak."

    "Do you know where it is?"

    "Why do you want to know?" Prabhupada asked.

    Dhananjaya perceived that ISKCON was not doing well financially, and so he said, "Well, if you tell me where it is, I'll get a rucksack [backpack] and a special hammer and chisel and go to the top of that mountain, hack away at the gold, fill up the rucksack, and come down, and then we can use that gold in Krsna's service. So would you let me know where that mountain peak is?"

    "No," Prabhupada replied.

    "Why not?" Dhananjaya asked.

    "That would become too controversial," Prabhupada said. Then he added,

    "Actually, more valuable than gold are devotees. You should make devotees."