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dattaswami
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1/10/2020 4:49:07 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
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The job is the basic stage on which both the dramas of worldly life (pravM71;tti) and spiritual life (nivM71;tti) can be enacted. If one has a good lot of property, Then thinking of leaving the job can be justified. It is also justified, If one does not have a family to take care of, Like "6;aM49;kara, Vivekananda etc. But, Having entered into family life, One should not go back. Even Arjuna tried to withdraw from the war, Before the war began. He did not try to withdraw from the war after it started.

Moreover, Worldly life is essential for an ordinary soul, Even though the soul is interested in the spiritual life. Worldly life, Including having a job and so on, Provides variety in life. A change is needed, Now and then, For a person involved in spiritual activity. While you are eating sweets, A hot dish becomes necessary, Now and then, To provide a change. The point is, Whether you are eating sweets continuously and using the hot dish only as a side-dish or whether you are continuously eating hot dishes and using the sweet dish as a side dish.

So, What matters is, Whether your main activity is worldly life and you are using spiritual life only as side dish or whether your main activity is spiritual life and you are using worldly life only as a side dish. Of course, Worldly activity is very much essential to support you and hence, You must be mainly engaged in the worldly activity and use spiritual activity as a side-dish. But, In course of time, The worldly activity becomes a very easy routine activity, Due to your long experience. This is called as yoga (YogaM17; karmasu kau"7;alam"Gita). Until you become skilled in worldly activity, You have to concentrate mainly on the worldly activity.

At any stage, Try to do your best for the propagation of spiritual knowledge, Which is God"s work. You need not bother about the result of your work because, God is not bothered about the result of your work. God can achieve the result, Just by His will, In just a fraction of a second. Hence, God does not aspire for the result of your action. He only sees whether you have full sincerity and full dedication in His work, As much as possible. It is only for testing your interest, Sincerity and dedication to His work, That He has assigned the work to you. He has not assigned the work to you for the sake of any result. His service is not like target-oriented marketing job. His service is only dedication-oriented. Hence, You should never worry about the result of your work done for God.

If God Rāma had wished, RāvaM51;a would have turned into ash and Sītā would have stood by His side, In a fraction of a second. All the drama of building the bridge on the sea was done by Him only to test the dedication, Devotion, Sincerity and interest in the hearts of the angels towards Him. As you know, The angels were born as monkeys to serve God. The occasion was only an opportunity meant to prove the sincerity of the angels towards God. It was not actually about building the sea-bridge, At all.
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1/10/2020 4:57:46 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
dattaswami wrote:
Swami replied:

The job is the basic stage on which both the dramas of worldly life (pravM71;tti) and spiritual life (nivM71;tti) can be enacted. If one has a good lot of property, Then thinking of leaving the job can be justified. It is also justified, If one does not have a family to take care of, Like "6;aM49;kara, Vivekananda etc. But, Having entered into family life, One should not go back. Even Arjuna tried to withdraw from the war, Before the war began. He did not try to withdraw from the war after it started.

Moreover, Worldly life is essential for an ordinary soul, Even though the soul is interested in the spiritual life. Worldly life, Including having a job and so on, Provides variety in life. A change is needed, Now and then, For a person involved in spiritual activity. While you are eating sweets, A hot dish becomes necessary, Now and then, To provide a change. The point is, Whether you are eating sweets continuously and using the hot dish only as a side-dish or whether you are continuously eating hot dishes and using the sweet dish as a side dish.

So, What matters is, Whether your main activity is worldly life and you are using spiritual life only as side dish or whether your main activity is spiritual life and you are using worldly life only as a side dish. Of course, Worldly activity is very much essential to support you and hence, You must be mainly engaged in the worldly activity and use spiritual activity as a side-dish. But, In course of time, The worldly activity becomes a very easy routine activity, Due to your long experience. This is called as yoga (YogaM17; karmasu kau"7;alam"Gita). Until you become skilled in worldly activity, You have to concentrate mainly on the worldly activity.

At any stage, Try to do your best for the propagation of spiritual knowledge, Which is God"s work. You need not bother about the result of your work because, God is not bothered about the result of your work. God can achieve the result, Just by His will, In just a fraction of a second. Hence, God does not aspire for the result of your action. He only sees whether you have full sincerity and full dedication in His work, As much as possible. It is only for testing your interest, Sincerity and dedication to His work, That He has assigned the work to you. He has not assigned the work to you for the sake of any result. His service is not like target-oriented marketing job. His service is only dedication-oriented. Hence, You should never worry about the result of your work done for God.

If God Rāma had wished, RāvaM51;a would have turned into ash and Sītā would have stood by His side, In a fraction of a second. All the drama of building the bridge on the sea was done by Him only to test the dedication, Devotion, Sincerity and interest in the hearts of the angels towards Him. As you know, The angels were born as monkeys to serve God. The occasion was only an opportunity meant to prove the sincerity of the angels towards God. It was not actually about building the sea-bridge, At all.

It is very important to balance your worldly life with your spiritual life but one must not be distracted by the worldly activities. They are after all illusions (Maya).

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