Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
Prabhupada has been asked on numerous occasions to name his favourite sloka from Srimad Bhagavatam. He has mentioned many different verses depending on the time, circumstances place and who the enquirer is. One specific sloka Prabhupada emphasised a lot was 1.2.9.
dharmasya hy āpavargyasya / nārtho ’rthāyopakalpate
nārthasya dharmaikāntasya / kāmo lābhāya hi smṛtaḥ
"All occupational engagements are certainly meant for ultimate liberation. They should never be performed for material gain. Furthermore, according to sages, one who is engaged in the ultimate occupational service should never use material gain to cultivate sense gratification."
When I first read the sloka many weeks ago in one of our Sunday Bhagavatam classes I don't think I appreciated the simple and practical points Prabhupada was making here. When I learnt yesterday that this was one of Prabhupada's favorite verse I started paying particular attention to it. Now each time I read it I appreciate it more and realize just how practical the verse is and how we can apply it at every minute of our life and thereby remember Krsna every minute of our life. And if we can do that wouldn't that be wonderful.
As to how material gain should be utilized is revealed in simple terms in the very next sloka, 1.2.10 ..... "Life's desires should never be directed toward sense gratification. One should desire only a healthy life, or self-preservation, since a human being is meant for inquiry about the Absolute Truth. Nothing else should be the goal of one's works."
I leave it for the readers to read the purports to both of these verses and see how to the point, simple, and relevant Prabhupada's instructions are for today's age.
Your humble servant
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