I am unable to chant because of job. Should I change the job or drop chanting?
A male devotee (Name hidden) asked like this:
“Hare Krishna Prabhu ji. I am writing to you with a heavy heart though I know it’s all Krishna’s planning to make me grow into a better person. I have recently joined as an officer in a reputed organization (can’t name the organisation) but the problem is there is no “work-life balance” in this organisation. I don’t get time to chant and read spiritual books. I feel extremely sad. Now my question is should I stop my spiritual practices (which includes 2 rounds of chanting and reading) and start preparing for a better job that offers better “work-life balance”? Or should I keep struggling with very little and poor quality of spiritual time? I am posted in a place where I feel very lonely this is also one of the reasons why I feel sad and depressed. Kindly show me the way . Regards. Hare Krishna”
Don’t mistake me, this seems to be too much.
Do you find it difficult to chant just two rounds a day?
It will take just 14 minutes.
There is no job in this world that will not allow a person spare 14 minutes for chanting.
Though you take about 10 minutes for offering food, 5 minutes for regular worship the total time needed will work out just about 30 minutes.
(HOW TO OFFER FOOD IN ALL PLACES LIKE HOSTELS, HOTELS, RELATIVE HOUSES, TRAVEL, ETC? READ HERE!)
So, what work it is that does not allow you even 30 minutes for devotional practices?
If it is the military service, even they allow you to take rest for 10-12 hours every day during no war period.
If it is the Police service, they too allow breaks every day and shift system is there.
If it is a company, they do not ask you to work for more than 8-10 hours a day. Some companies get even up to 12 hours of work. Still you have 12 hours for you.
If it is a government job, wow, you can chant even 64 rounds a day. Because office starts at 10.30 am and ends at 5 pm and two days off a week.
If it is the own business, you can bend the schedules according to your needs. No one can ask you.
Then, what is the problem for you to chant?
“I am unable to chant daily though I perform all other devotional practices. Why?” READ THE REPLY FOR THIS QUESTION HERE.
The only problem is that you should give more importance for Krishna in your life and you should have more dedication.
Think like this. Will you fail to feed your child even a single day?
No. Then, why can’t you consider Krishna as your first child and feed Him daily?
Will you fail to feed your father even a single day?
No. Then, why can’t you consider Krishna as your father and feed Him daily?
Will you fail to feed Krishna if He comes to your home directly?
No. Then, why can’t you consider that Krishna is existing in your house all the time and feed Him daily?
Now, think like this:
Where Krishna lives actually near us?
Within our heart as Paramathma.
Fine. So, Krishna is within our body itself. Wow.
How to feed this Paramathma who is within your heart?
Just Chant Hare Krishna Maha manthra as much as possible. Krishna hears it from within your body and extends all His blessings to you.
Can’t you feed Krishna by chanting atleast for 30 mnutes daily?
Do you know even the Chairman of Ford Cars, the world’s Number one car company is chanting 16 rounds daily?
Are you bigger than Ford?
Think and show your realizations in actions.
Chant Hare Krishna And Be happy and Blissful.