kvacit ksina-dhanah sayyasanasanady-upabhoga-vihino yavad apratilabdha-manorathopagatadane vasita-matis tatas tato vamanadini janad abhilabhate.
kvacitsometimes; ksina-dhanahnot having sufficient money; sayya-asana-asana-adiaccommodations for sleeping, sitting or eating; upabhogaof material enjoyment; vihinahbeing bereft; yavatas long as; apratilabdhanot achieved; manorathaby his desire; upagataobtained; adanein seizing by unfair means; avasita-matihwhose mind is determined; tatahbecause of that; tatahfrom that; avamana-adiniinsults and punishment; janatfrom the people in general; abhilabhatehe gets.
Sometimes, having no money, the conditioned soul does not get sufficient accommodations. Sometimes he doesnt even have a place to sit, nor does he have the other necessities. In other words, he falls into scarcity, and at that time, when he is unable to secure the necessities by fair means, he decides to seize the property of others unfairly. When he cannot get the things he wants, he simply receives insults from others and thus becomes very morose.
It is said that necessity knows no law. When the conditioned soul needs money to acquire lifes bare necessities, he adopts any means. He begs, borrows or steals. Instead of receiving these things. he is insulted and chastised. Unless one is very well organized, one cannot accumulate riches by unfair means. Even if one acquires riches by unfair means, he cannot avoid punishment and insult from the government or the general populace. There are many instances of important peoples embezzling money, getting caught and being put in prison. One may be able to avoid the punishment of prison, but one cannot avoid the punishment of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who works through the agency of material nature. This is described in Bhagavad-gita (7.14): daivi hy esa guna-mayi mama maya duratyaya. Nature is very cruel. She does not excuse anyone. When people do not care for nature, they commit all kinds of sinful activities, and consequently they have to suffer.

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