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ŚB 10.49.22


अधर्मोपचितं वित्तं हरन्त्यन्येऽल्पमेधस: ।
सम्भोजनीयापदेशैर्जलानीव जलौकस: ॥ २२ ॥


adharmopacitaṁ vittaṁ
haranty anye ’lpa-medhasaḥ
jalānīva jalaukasaḥ


adharma — by irreligious means; upacitam — gathered; vittam — wealth; haranti — steal; anye — other persons; alpa-medhasaḥ — of one who is unintelligent; sambhojanīya — as requiring support; apadeśaiḥ — by the false designations; jalāni — water; iva — as; jala-okasaḥ — of a resident of the water.


In the guise of dear dependents, strangers steal the sinfully acquired wealth of a foolish man, just as the offspring of a fish drink up the water that sustains the fish.


Ordinary people feel they cannot live without their wealth, although their possession of it is circumstantial and temporary. Just as wealth gives life to an ordinary man, water gives life to a fish. One’s dear dependents, however, steal one’s wealth, just as a fish’s offspring drink up the water sustaining the fish. In the words of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, this world is “a weird abode.”