Crystal Sivalingam, Lottery - good money or bad money


Gurudeva talks about the 700 pound crystal Sivalingam that will be enshrined in the San Marga Iraivan Temple. A cyberspace devotee from Texas asks if running a lottery is gambling and is the money produced from that good money or bad money. Gurudeva says that it is gambling and it involves taking money away from one group of people to benefit another causing unhappiness on one side and happiness on the other.

Photo of  Gurudeva
Giving a gift begrudgingly in return for another gift is, of course, mere barter. Many families barter their way through life in this way, thinking they are giving. But such gifts are cold, the fulfillment is empty, and the law of karma pays discounted returns.
—Gurudeva