Srila Prabhupada speaks on charging fee

Srila Prabhupada speaks on charging fee

"So let all the grhasthas who wish to, execute business full-fledgedly in the USA and in this way support Gurukula. Business must be done by the grhasthas, not by the sannyasis or brahmacaris. Neither the sannyasis or brahmacaris can be expected to support Gurukula. The parents must take responsibility for their children, otherwise they should not have children. It is the duty of the individual parents. I am not in favor of taxing the Temples. The parents must pay for the maintenance of their children. Neither can the BBT be expected to give any loans."
Letter to Jayatirtha - Mayapur, 22 January, 1976

"Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated September 26, 1973 and have noted the contents carefully. In my opinion all Gurukula students should be educated free of charge, but outside students may be charged. Our own parents should without obligation contribute liberally, but we should not be hard with them if they cannot pay. Sometimes the parents get money from the Welfare Dept., so whatever money they get for their children must be paid to Gurukula."
Letter to Mohanananda - Bombay, 13 October, 1973

Srila Prabhupada : "No, no. They are not brahmanas. Those who give education in exchange of money, they are not brahmanas. Contd... So those, these so-called teachers, they first of all set up salary, "What salary you'll give me?" That is dog's business. That is not brahmana's business."
Room Conversation - Paris, June 11, 1974

Comments by Prabhupādanuga devotees of BIG & BIVC

"So, Srila Prabhupada wants that parents should not become irespossible and if they produce children they should provide for them but at the same time no child will be denied education if the parents are not in a position to pay. In such cases the parents can be engaged in some work for the society."

"Overall the decision as to how much one has to pay for his child’s education is taken case to case based on the above guidelines given by Srila Prabhupada."


For more details, please refer to Q.No.8 in the Magazine - Back to Srila Prabhupada's Gurukula

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