Is wearing a rich work uniform the violation of simplicity for a devotee?
hare krishna, in material life every one is helpless to do private job as per the instruction of Boss and his immediate subordinate whether we like their order or not. In doing so, we feel depressed. How to get rid of that? In my case, I am a Company Secretary of a listed company and responsible for arranging board meeting at the end of every quarter. While attending the meeting Coat is required to be wore if i don’t wear the Chairman say why you don’t wear coat? I have coat but don’t wear on that. As there is principle of keeping the minimum things for living the life how I can make myself justify towards Krishna Consciousness. As you must take it granted if in next meeting I don’t follow his instruction he may order for my removal from the job. Please advise. Thanks
Not at all.
I request our devotees not to confuse the simplicity with the devotional practices and rules.
We follow certain rules to get the mercy of Krishna.
A wife follows certain approach to be in the good book of her husband.
A disciple follows certain approach to be in the good book of his spiritual master.
Similarly, we should follow certain professional approach to be in the good book of the higher authorities.
Only condition is that we should not look or act indecently to be in good book of indecent higher authorities.
An employee in sales department is asked to wear a tie around his neck. Why should we refuse to wear?
If a security personnel refuses to wear uniform during his job, he will be sent out.
If a student refuses to wear uniforms in school, he/ she will be terminated.
If you take the spirituality, a disciple wears a dress as advised by his spiritual master.
I go to temples in Vaishnava appearance, but, I always go to office in a professional dress of a pant and shirt. Am I violating simplicity? Since pant and shirt is convenient for me, I am wearing. Since temples need a devotee atmosphere, I wear devotee dress. That’s all.
The real simplicity is being naked as done by some gosvamis in the history. We should not wear something to attract others. That’s all.
Thus, dress codes are everywhere. Nothing wrong in that until there is no indecency.
In your case, they have reminded the rules to you.
As a company secretary, you are in a key position. Every company secretary is required to wear a coat above the usual dress during Board Meetings.
This is an important dress code for secretaries.
You are not going to violate any codes by wearing this coat only during your meetings.
Wearing coat is not an indecent thing. Even Srila Prabhupada, the founder Acharya of ISKCON wore it in winter or in cold seasons. Many gurus in cold seasons are also wearing it.
They are not wearing that for fancy reasons. They wear just to protect their body from the cold climate. There is a purpose.
Similarly, you too can wear coats during board meetings and do not hesitate for that.
Do not lose your job just for this silly reasons.
Again I remind all: Only addiction and attachment is wrong. Using something of it is the definitely needed, is not the attachment.
Be simple all the other times. But, do as your employer says during work hours if it does not violate your dignity.
All the best.