What is a Farthing?
Srila Prabhupada uses this word so, so often. To know what this word means you would have to have lived in Ireland or the UK, and you would have to be older than 50 years old. So while travelling yesterday with HG Giribaradhari prabhu, we decided to reveal this hidden knowledge to the world, especially our American friends.
Here goes, a farthing is a quarter of a penny, but not an ordinary penny, there were 240 pennies in a pound, really !!! It works out as almost one tenth of a penny. Srila Prabhupada did not want us to waste even that much money.
In old money
12 pennies one shilling.
20 shillings £1
240 pennies in £1
480 half pennies in £1
960 farthings in £1
Letter to Rupanuga prabhu:
“Money collected for feeding people in India should be collected under the name ‘ISKCON Food Relief.’ Not any other name. And every farthing of that money must be sent to India, or better yet, buy food grains there and ship them here and we will distribute. But every farthing collected for that purpose must be used for that purpose. I have already sent one letter to Ramesvara explaining these points.”
Sriman George Harrison
c.o Apple Record Co.
My Dear George,
Please accept my blessings. I am so much obliged to you for your valued cooperation in spreading my movement of Krsna Consciousness throughout the whole world. I beg to acknowledge receipt herewith of your contribution of $19,000 (nineteen thousand dollars) for publication of my book, Krsna, now going to the press within the week.
Please note that every farthing of this money will be employed in the service of the Lord……..
I hope this has enlightened everyone on this burning issue of the farthing mystery, please note I have not cracked any frivolous jokes with a word similar to farthing as we are sober devotees, here in the UK.
your servant Parasuram Das