Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Do Your Duty", wherein we have been hearing one of the nectarean Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.32.6 in Brisbane. Now we shall hear the answers which Maharaj gave to devotees on performing duty.
Devotee: At work can we read Bhagavad Gita or Bhagavatam?
Maharaj: At work, devotional service is to that you should do your work very carefully, very very carefully. That is your devotional service. That is absorption. Why we are absorbed? Because we are thinking from His point of view. It doesn't matter whether He pays you 1000$ or 100000$ per month. We don't see that. We don't have the fruit in our eyes. But we know that we are working for Him and so we will do the work carefully. Thats it. Then that becomes devotional service. Suppose you work very carefully for 12 months or 2 years or 4 years, then you may have Krishna's mercy and get some amount at your disposal, so that amount will help you to get Krishna book and you read for one year. You leave the job and read for one year. That is how it is. In this Kaliyuga, you must have some backing. Otherwise you have to beg and begging is completely barred by the scriptures - vinaa dainyena jivanam (not to be dependent on others for one's daily maintenance). Everyday you cant't be begging, "Come on, give me something." People will be tired of you and they will run away after seeing you or they will just put 2 paisa and ask you to get out. (laughter)
Begging is completely undesirable. So we have to make some arrangements. Some arrangements means you have to get absorbed in the work. If you are in preaching, then get absorbed in it, if you are preacher; If you are helping others, then get absorbed in helping others. If you are doing some clerical work, do it nicely. If you are doing some managerial work, then do it nicely. Then only the firm will get profit or the boss will be satisfied. And if boss is pleased, - even if boss is pleased or not, we are not doing the work to please him. We are doing the work nicely to please ourself. At the end of day I must feel that I have done my duty. So duty is duty. There in Krishna book or Bhagavatam should not come in between. Otherwise, you can't do the duty. If you want to devote yourself to Bhagavatam and Krishna, then there are other circumstances for that. You go to the temple and join there.
Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi
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