A devotee is expected to use everything as a service to Krishna. So, we should be very particular about using our studies as service to Krishna.

If we study and work for ourselves, it adds to karma either good or bad. We may get either good or difficult birth.

What to do to make our material education spiritual?

No need to take much strain for converting material education as a service to Krishna.

(Is targeting both Krishna and studies to be a top ranker wrong? READ HERE!)

Just change the bhawa (mindset) and treat the benefits as that of Krishna. Simple.

Whatever studies you are undergoing, you need to do the following basic things:

(1) First follow all the four regulative principles strictly that is the basic requirement for every devotee.

(2) Worship Krishna, Perform Pujas and offer food everyday in a fixed time.

(3) Chant Hare Krishna Maha Manthra as much as possible in the morning and/ or available gap during the school/ college. If possible, 16 rounds, or, if you have tight schedule of studies, do less. But, chant whatever level, sincerely.

Following these above three basic requirements for a devotee, do your studies as sincerely as possible.

(15 tips to avoid loss of interest in studies and life because of devotion! TREAD HERE!)

While studying, have the following mindset:

“I do not study to become a rich person and to make others envy. It is my duty to take care of my parents and family members.  I am studying as sincerely as possible as a duty because Krishna has said in Bhagavad Gita to perform our assigned duties and he has advised that I can not manage even my body if I do not work. So, I have to work without attachments to results. To work, I need to study well. So, I will study well and perform my dutis for my parents and family members. So, my parents have assigned me the duties of studying now.  So, I am performing those duties sincerely.  However, I do not aim for material greatness.  Because, all I have and will have are the properties of Krishna.  I can just use them JUST FOR DAY TO DAY NEEDS, and I can not own anything in this world.  I will start earning for my living after I complete my studies.  I will not involve in prohibited jobs and business.  I will do any permissible job as my assigned duty just to satisfy my Lord Krishna.  I will spend a part of my earning to the service of Krishna without fail.  And, I will attend college classes with utmost attention thinking that Krishna is with me and He only has involved me in this course.  He has some plans in making me studying this.  So, I will study and use my studies to offer my services as genuinely as possible to the poor and downtrodden people and devotees.  Thus, I will serve the Lord by serving His devotees and suffering people.”

If you truly study with this mindset and follow this bhawa in all your efforts, your studies will be blessed by Lord and it will become a service to Lord.


Ok, how to use your studies in the service to Lord’s devotees and common people?

If you are studying  medical studies, after coming to job or opening your own clinic, you can charge a reasonable fee from patients and also give free treatments to atleast a few poor people and poor devotees of Lord.  And, you can also distribute the copies of Bhagavad Gita to your poor patients and sell in a subsidized rate to other patients.  You can even display the books on Krishna in your clinic.  I am keeping in my office that can be seen by all visitors.  Thus, you can make your studies and career a service to Lord..

If you are studying Engineering, after getting a job, as said above, purchase the books on Krishna and gift to your poor customers or friends or neighbours (or) sell in a subsidized rate.   You may charge a reasonable fee for your services to avoid excessive karma.

If you are studying for teacher’s education, you may use your profession as teacher to speak about Krishna and His creations to your students atleast for 2 minutes every day without irritating your school management.  Too much of anything will irritate the managements.

(Is targeting both Krishna and studies to be a top ranker wrong? READ HERE!)

If you are a sales professional, you can talk about Krishna to your customers you meet every day and distribute the books on Krishna to them.

Thus, whatever studies and career you do now, you can use the studies and the job y in the service to Krishna.

I am displaying the beautiful photos of Krishna in my office and Bhagavad Gita on my table.

Now, you think well how you can use your studies and skills to help the poor and devotees.  Book distribution can be done by all students and professionals even from their job.  This is the most preferable service to Krishna.

So, customize your plans to serve Lord using your studies.  You will get plenty of ideas.

(How can a student excel in devotion and studies simultaneously ? READ HERE!)

Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, a Life Patron and an Initiated Devotee being in ISKCON for nearly three decades, serves anonymously to avoid Prominence and crowd as an insignificant, Humble and Neutral Servant for all the devotees of Krishna! He promotes Social media forums and this blog-website as e-satsangha (e-forums) blessed with Lakhs of followers, to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems of the devotees since 2011! He writes friendly and practical tips to practice devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He dedicates all the glories and credits to his Guru and Krishna.

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