Supreme Occupational Duty

1st Jun 2005
Sajjana Priya Krishna das

Dear Prabhujis and Matajis,
Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

Everyone of us tend to perform devotional service with the expectation that by doing even a little bit of devotional service we deserve to be taken back to spiritual world. We can see that even material benefits in this world, is not earned without hard endeavour. So to pierce the material world and penetrate into the spiritual world, is beyond our human endeavour. As we analyse our daily activities, we tend to spend most of our time, for our body and attached bodies and very little time for the soul and the Supersoul and therefore our endeavour for devotional service is sporadic in nature.

But Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.6 demands that,

sa vai puṁsāṁ paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhokṣaje
ahaituky apratihatā yayātmā suprasīdati

The Supreme occupation (dharma) for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to completely satisfy the self.

This is also reconfirmed by a powerful Srila Prabhupada punch in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 3.5.3 'No one has anything to do but render devotional service to the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna. Therefore any activity other than transcendental loving service to the Lord is more or less a rebellious action against the Supreme Will. "

We are not able to digest this factual statement. But our spiritual master, H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj, by his genuine compassion, for less intelligent souls like us, gave us a practical solution to the above factual statement for us to apply the above statements in our daily lives. "The honest pursuit of our occupational engagement in our social life, while maintaining our unflinching devotional service, is the perfect road to attain love of Godhead. Practically, that means that we should continue with our occupational duties, but like a parallel line of a railway track, continue our devotional service with full velocity. In the morning, after our regular sadhana, before we leave for office, we should seek PARDON from Lord Krishna that we have to go to work to sustain our body and soul. But try to remember Him to the best of our ability at work. In the evening, when we return, we should simply bow before Krishna and seek PARDON again for having been away. Then promptly after settling the rest of our duties, we should do nice reading and chanting again. In this way, the unconquerable Lord Ajita's mercy and sympathy is conquered by the sincere devotee."

If we continue seeking pardon from the Lord every day, in course of time, Krishna out of his causeless mercy will give us the intelligence to understand that it is not right on our part to repeatedly seek pardon for doing this rebellious activity, and dedicate our lives fully in the service of the Lord. 

When we are doing the parallel track of devotional service along with occupational duties, we are hooked to Krishna who is holding the other end of the rope and ultimately He will pull us back to Him. 

I pray to the Supreme Lord Krishna, my spiritual master and the exalted acharyas to shower their causeless mercy, so that I take up this process sincerely and seriously and dedicate myself in the service of the Lord.

Thank you very much.
Your humble servant,
Sajjana Priya Krishna das
Abu Dhabi.