Conversation 005: Krpanah

There was a discussion regarding certain types of people, who earn huge amount of wealth but neither spend it for themselves and people around them or for the benefit of fellow human beings. These types of people are called as Krpanah and their nature is explained in both Shrimad Bhagavat Gita and Shrimad Bhagavatham.

In Gita, Chapter 2 Verse 49 (

TRANSLATION: O Dhananjaya, rid yourself of all fruitive activities by devotional service, and surrender fully to that consciousness. Those who want to enjoy the fruits of their work are misers.


In Bhagavatham, Canto 6, Chapter 9, Verse 49 (

TRANSLATION: Those who think material assets to be everything or to be the ultimate goal of life are called misers [kṛpaṇas]. They do not know the ultimate necessity of the soul. Moreover, if one awards that which is desired by such fools, he must also be considered foolish.

The conversation goes like this:

Seeker 1: Why is there such an uneven distribution of wealth in this world? It is said that the top 1% of the population control 99% of the resources while the bottom 99% has access to only 1% of the world’s resources? What is the result of this uneven distribution? Do our scriptures mention these kinds of people and the impact they bring on the society?

Seeker 2: Yes, this has been strongly condemned in both Gita and Bhagavatham. See the similarities as expressed in BG:2/49 and SB:6/9/49. Is it a mere coincidence that both are verse number 49! The word Krpanah is mentioned for these kinds of people. The money would neither benefit him nor others. He would guard it like a Yaksha!

Seeker 1: What is their goal of achieving or making such huge wealth then? Do they protect it based on fear or greed?

Seeker 2: It is just to protect it without any purpose because of their materialistic approach to life just like the hoarders’ store grains of huge quantity that they do not need it.

Seeker 1: Who are Yakshas? Why are Krpanahs compared to Yakshas?

Seeker 2: The yakshas are a class of spirit beings or semi divine beings who are inhabitants of the subterranean earth and protectors of treasures. They are ghostly creatures with little intelligence. The people with rajasic tendencies (mode of passion) worship them. Though the Yakshas never part with their wealth these foolish people worship them in the vain hope of getting some benefit. It is the same with the people hanging around with these Krpanahs of the modern world! They are so foolish that they do not realise they are contributing to the money making and money laundering activities of these Krpanahas!

Seeker 1: I note that Rajasic Guna is like the dust on the mirror. One has to make vigorous efforts to remove this dust to see the image clearly!

Seeker 2: Yes, it is the mode of passion in between goodness and ignorance/darkness. One has to promote oneself to the mode of goodness by realising and discharging duties without the expectation of a reward. The present situation is every one works or acts on the expectation of reward. The concept of service has also been denigrated to this way. Thus, the conclusion is that unless we realise that all the resources available to us are common property and our time for “enjoyment” of these resources is limited, there is no remedy to the problems of this world at the moment!

Author: Rajini

"Knowledge is the ultimate perfection of self-realization.". (Srimad Bhagavatham 3.26.2) Trying to seek that knowledge through life experiences that leads to compassion, dispassion and ultimately satisfaction.

4 thoughts on “Conversation 005: Krpanah”

  1. Yes… Wealth or any resources earned is for distribution to the needies only… That is the purpose of creation of wealth, education etc. A true human being never hoards, he will do his karmas for the purpose of which he is created by the Almighty, Omni-Potent and omnipresent!!!!

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