How to remember and serve Krishna by the students all the time!
A girl student devotee asked like this:
“Hare Krishna Prabhuji, I am a university student just newly involved in Krishna Concioussness. Though I feel extremely fortunate and blessed to know Lord Krishna, and I immensely feel the warmth of his presence in ISKCON Temples, my school atmosphere is heavily materialistic. I’m surrounded by classmates and professors who are only interested in money, the best jobs, the best marks. No one ever thinks beyond these mundane things in life. Even while I am sitting in class during a lecture it’s easy to let that negative energy bring me down, is there a way where I can remember Krishna even during class time while I am surrounded by a very negative atmosphere? Hare Krishna, please hide my name.”
There is nothing in this world that stays as a material for ever. Any material is spiritual only when we use a material for Krishna.
Because everything originates from Krishna.
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Then, why we say differentiating as material and spiritual?
Only for easy understanding.
There are only two classes : living and non living things.
We call LIVING BEINGS as SPIRITUAL and NON LIVING THINGS as MATERIAL.
That’s all. Simple.
If we use the available things for our pleasure, it is material and if we use them for Krishna, it is spiritual.
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If all the people use the things available in this world for Krishna, the entire world will become spiritual.
This world may be a material world. But, we can make this as vaikunta/ Goloka if all of us follow devotion to Krishna.
We use ghee for Krishna making it spiritual.
We use flowers making them spiritual.
We use a vessel for Krishna making it spiritual.
If we do not eat because of non availability of food, it is starving; If we have food but avoid it as a sacrifice for Krishna, it becomes spiritual, ie, fasting.
If you eat something, it is just a food that is material; If you offer that food to Krishna and then honour it, it is prasadam that is spiritual.
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Thus, if we use everything for Krishna, then, everything in this world is spiritual.
If you take this body, if we use it for our pleasure, it is a material. If we use this body for Krishna, we are making this body spiritual.
How many of us use this body for serving Krishna?
Most of the people use their bodies both for Krishna and their own pleasures.
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Most of us are riding on two horses at the same time.
In your case, you are telling that education you are studying is material.
Actually, if you use that education for your pleasures, it is material.
If you use the same education for serving and supporting the service for Krishna, it becomes spiritual.
How can you use your education for Krishna?
By studying well, you can go to a good job. By going to a good job, you can use that money to serve Krishna or to support the devotees, sathsangha and suffering temples that are serving Krishna.
You can buy some copies of Bhagavad Gita every month and distribute to the needy people.
You can donate some possible amount every month for those who are genuinely serving the Lord.
You can support the family of devotees that are suffering in their life.
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You can save some amount every month and donate for constructing a temple for Krishna.
You can help some devotees who have no money to visit the renowned temples.
You can cook nice food, offer to krishna , pack it in small packets and distribute to the visually and psychologically affected persons or elderly orphans.
But, you should spend your money or resources for Krishna without expecting the special sight (or) importance (or) fame (or) anything from Krishna (or) other forums. Such Nishkam services can make Krishna fully satisfied.
Our site encourages such Nishkam services only though it may not bring required supports. No compromise in this.
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Principles are Principles – it is our duty to encourage the devotees to follow such a high standard.
Purity is the force. No doubt in this. Expectations lead to contaminations, ie, samskars.
Thus, when you use your money, body and resources for Krishna, your money is purified.
By using the earned money for Krishna, you can make the material money as spiritual tool.
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Our school and college education is also important for us. It is to maintain our body. Knowledge about Krishna is spiritual education that cultivates the athma. We have to purify the athma using this body only.
Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita that unless one performs his assigned duties, he can not maintain even his body. He also says that He Himself is working as an example for others to work.
Our studies and going to job too are for performing our assigned duties.
Only thing to be done by you is, you should undergo the studies in a mindset that you are studying just as your assigned duty and you will use part of the earning for the service of Krishna.
And, in the classroom, hear the lectures with concentration/ attention. During the intervals, chant one or two rounds of Hare Krishna Maha Manthra. During the lunch breaks, you can chant. While coming back to Home or going to school, you can chant. This is an easy way to remember and serve Krishna for the students.
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However, if you yourself are driving the vehicle, don’t chant while driving. And, don’t chant while doing sensitive jobs that require full concentration.
Thus, you can make your material education itself as spiritual tools to serve Krishna.
When you can serve the Lord using your education and career, then, why should you consider them just as material education?
Only our mindset should be changed. Not the activities. Any activity that can be used for Krishna can be considered as spiritual.
I know many devotees supporting the construction of temples, sathsanghas, devotees, etc., using their earnings from their business/ job.
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Many well earning devotees are supporting the devotional services.
They do not advertise their support. That’s all. They are silently doing that.
You too can follow their footsteps by using your studies and career.
Let the services to Krishna in different forms flourish with your support. Let the temples glow with your liberal services through your body or money.
This is the right way to remember and serve Krishna by the students all the time.
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