Why many materialistic people are happy and some devotees don’t do their assigned duties properly?
A Girl devotee (Name hidden) asked like this:
“Sir , it is assumed that people who are in krishna conscious or believe any one god will be liberated from this world or reach the greatest abode as per their religion. but in this world still there are many a people who do not believe in god or any religion but still follow their duties and be with positive attitudes and happy and successful in their life . will these people attain salvation then. and on the other side there are many people who are involved in spiritual matters but not fully devoted and they are not sincere towards their duty. If it is only attitude or luck that determines our life then why believing in any religion. Yes when a person is fully involved into spirituality then nothing may seem interesting to him. But what about the people who are completely involved in this materialistic world without any kindness or concern for others but still happy.”
You have confused yourself with spiritual service, social service and family service. All are different and have different effects.
(i) If you are sincerely doing your duties to your family, you will not be liberated, as family is the material activity. But, if you involve your grahastha life to serve for Krishna, you can get liberation stage by stage. So, family duties MINUS Krishna Consciousness binds you further in this material world as it is not a grahastha life, but, grahamedi life.
(ii) If you are doing social service by giving material facilities for the society, again, it is not a spiritual service, but, just social service. You may get a good birth with name and fame again but you may not be liberated immediately. But, if you do social service by preaching Krishna Consciousness to the society, it becomes the spiritual service or devotional service to Krishna. So, such social -cum- devotional service gives you liberation.
(iii) So, the essence is: No other service except the Service to Krishna can give you liberation. So, do both family and social duties for the pleasure of Krishna. Then, the same service gives you liberation. You can do this service to Krishna even as a grahastha.
(iv) Next, you have asked why materialistic people are happy and successful in life. This is because of their past karma from previous births. He would have helped many in their previous births to come up in material life. So, he has been given a new birth with all comforts this time. So, remember, he has done sacrifices in his past births. If he is not doing any help to anyone in this birth, he will get a suffering life in his next birth.
(v) You have also indicated that there are many spiritual practitioners who are not sincere in his family duties.
This may be due to two reasons:
(A) If he is a sincere devotee in the God realized stage, he has no need to serve to any person except Krishna. He has no material duties. So, do not see him like seeing other materialistic persons. He is already in spiritual platform. But, we should not imitate them and follow. We should follow the duties till we come to that stage.
(B) If he is a neophite devotee or an initial saadhaka, he should not skip his family duties if he accepts a family. Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita that one must do all his prescribed duties without fail. So, as a grahastha, he must do the duties of his family too. But, by involving his family in Krishna Consciousness, he can make the family itself as a temple of Krishna.
(vi) Above all, you say that such materialistic people are living happily. But, they are always under the risk of repeated births and deaths. They seem to be happy. That’s all. This happiness is short lived. They may be suffering in hearts or behind the scenes.
Hope you are clear now. There are variety of people in this world. We have to live here. No other go right now.
We have to use the positives of this world and learn from the negatives. and thus perform Krishna Consciousness.