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CC Madhya 19.7


brāhmaṇa-vaiṣṇave dilā tāra ardha-dhane
eka cauṭhi dhana dilā kuṭumba-bharaṇe


brāhmaṇa-vaiṣṇave — to the brāhmaṇas and Vaiṣṇavas; dilā — gave as charity; tāra — of the riches; ardha-dhane — fifty percent; eka cauṭhi dhana — one-fourth of the riches; dilā — gave; kuṭumba-bharaṇe — to satisfy the relatives.


Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī divided the wealth that he brought back home. He gave fifty percent in charity to brāhmaṇas and Vaiṣṇavas and twenty-five percent to his relatives.


This is a practical example of how one should divide his money and retire from household life. Fifty percent of one’s money should be distributed to qualified and pure devotees of the Lord. Twenty-five percent may be given to family members, and twenty-five percent may be kept for personal use in case of emergency.