Service and Sadhana

24th Nov 2007
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

On days when we work for extended hours, we would find it very difficult to chant our regular rounds. Sometimes we are bewildered as to whether we need to continue work or to give up. It becomes a challenge as to what needs to be prioritised. His Divine Grace very nicely replies on this matter in one his letters to his disciple as follows:   

"There is no difference between chanting Hare Krishna or Sankirtana and doing one's assigned work in Krishna Consciousness. Sometimes we have to do so much managerial or office work, but Lord Caitanya promises us that because in the Kali yuga this is required for carrying on our preaching mission. He gives assurance that we will not become entangled by such work. When the work has to be done, do it first, then chant. But you must fulfill at least 16 rounds daily. So if necessary sleep less but you have to finish your minimum number of rounds."

In Bhagavad Gita verse 3.31, Lord Krishna says,

ye me matam idaṁ nityam anutiṣṭhanti mānavāḥ
śraddhāvanto ’nasūyanto mucyante te ’pi karmabhiḥ

Those persons who execute their duties according to My injunctions and who follow this teaching faithfully, without envy, become free from the bondage of fruitive actions.

Firm faith in teachings of Guru and Krishna is the key for one's progress in spiritual life. Whether one is materially qualified or not, if one simply places his faith on the words of scriptures, Guru and Krishna and strictly follows their injunctions, then they would be blessed with the ability to perform the service and also be freed from all sorts of bondages. In his purport to the above verse, Srila Prabhupada assures that, "In the beginning of Krishna consciousness, one may not fully discharge the injunctions of the Lord, but because one is not resentful of this principle and works sincerely without consideration of defeat and hopelessness, he will surely be promoted to the stage of pure Krishna consciousness."

I seek the blessings of Gurudev and Gauranga, so that I am able to execute my duties at work and also perform sadhana regularly.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sudarshana devi dasi.