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Mother Lakṣmī is represented in the material world as the external energy, but actually she is always the internal energy of the Lord. (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.19.11)

“Money is the root of all evil”, I was told.

It turns out, money is just a representation of the ability to make a desire manifest. Some desires are wants; some are needs. Money isn’t inherently evil, but our approach to money is often flawed with misconception.

I did not start Suburban Mysticism as a potential income stream. My motivation was to dutifully express the education in spiritual culture that I’ve been gifted in this life. I get some satisfaction from self-expression, and there’s a chance that someone may find my words useful.

In my tradition of Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism we have a principle of dadāti pratigṛhṇāti which encourages the affectionate exchange of charity. To honour this ideal, I thought to tag my posts at the bottom with an option to flick me five bucks if someone were particularly inclined. I didn’t expect anyone to donate, but they have. Some have given generously, which touches my heart and encourages me to keep writing. To feel appreciated for my work is so deeply moving that I struggle to express it in words.

At this point in my life, my needs are met. I’m far from wealthy in an external sense, but I don’t need extra money and feel a bit weird taking it from others. I like the encouragement, but I know times are tough and that many are struggling to look after their families. So, keeping with Vedic tradition, I’ve decided to forward on any donations from this publication to various cow protection projects around the world.

I also thought that it would be neat to keep an open ledger of donations received and forwarded on for complete accountability. Here’s that.

Suburban Mysticism is free, but if you feel inspired and want to return some love, consider helping Ekendra to care for cows, or share this publication with others.

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