How to balance my devotional practices during exam preparations?
ACTUAL QUESTION (From a girl devotee):
Hare krishna pamho Agtsp Prabhu ji i left fb few months ago but just joined it again to read ur posts. I am looking solution for a question. Pls help. My question after my graduation i have started my preparation for ssc (government exams). But i am facing difficulties. I mean in college time i used to attend all the temple festivals but now as i am preparaing for a competitive exam i have to reduce this. Because every next day there is a festival in temple, if not festival then a seminar… Like that… I am very confused what should i do. To what extent i reduce attending temple festivals. I am also suffering with my sadhna means how much time should I devote to reading n hearing. I have to and i want to clear this exam. 2018 is my target year. I have time of one year. I have to study with determination n dedication. Pls pls my humble request pls suggest me a way to manage these things.Looking forward for ur reply. Pls help. Pamho. Hare Krishna
Devotion does not depend on how long you are in temple.
It depends on how deep you are attached to Krishna.
Visiting the temple and taking part in the sathsangha, kirtans, service, etc, will definitely help you develop more dedication to the service of Krishna.
Unless one has sufficient sathsangha regularly, he can not grow in devotion.
Of course, devotion is a private affair between the devotee and Krishna.
However, the devotee will always be bombarded with the material glares of maya until he is in this material world.
Therefore, he is in a position to fight with the maya.
To fight with maya, he needs to ascertain himself that he is safely engaged in his devotion to Krishna without dilution.
To be safe in devotion, he has to keep on strengthening himself in devotion.
When he takes part in sathsangha with other devotees, he can get a moral boost in his following devotion.
If you take a class room in a school, every student will get a boost to study well seeing the top ranking students in the class.
If he develops more association with those top ranking students, he too will get encouragement to study well.
If a student associates with the students who are not interested in studies, he too will become less interested in studying.
Similarly, if a devotee associates with other sincere devotees, he can discuss with them about Krishna. He can watch how others are showing their dedication by involving in their devotional services.
Thus, he can develop dedication to Krishna.
This is where association plays major role.
The resident devotees in a temple has no other responsibilities like earning, studying, family, etc. Therefore, they can be in association all the 24 hours.
However, for working or studying devotees, being with the devotees all the time is not possible. They have to study well to lead his life in this material world.
That is why, we have to make use of holidays alone.
You can attend the temples for 3-4 hours during Sundays and during festivals. During these 3-4 hours, they should very sincerely attend the programmes.
As far as other devotional practices at home are concerned, they can spare atleast 2 hours daily either in the morning or in the evening. They can chant, read about Krishna for about 30 minutes, worship Krishna for about 10 minutes.
Then, they can spare all the remaining 22 hours for preparing for their exams. 22 hours daily is more than sufficient for preparing for exams.
They can split these 22 hours as two hours for learning and ten minutes for chanting. Prepare for two hours, and chant for 10 minutes. Thus, you can change your mood and relax while studying, since continuous study will reduce the efficiency. Again, study for two hours.
Thus, you can chant while studying.
Never reduce the time for Krishna less than two hours. Without His mercy, how did you get this opportunity to study and get job?
If you spare some time for Krishna even amidst your studies and work, Krishna will definitely recognize it and show His blessings.
Hope this helps you and all the students and aspirants of job.