Why should we work instead of following devotion alone?
Question in detail:
Hare Krishna! Parbhuji, a question always comes up in my mind, why we come to this world? If we follow regulative principles and rules for attaining Krishna conscious then why we engage in other activities essential to lead life. Do we have a single aim i.e. Hari Naam and Seva?
If you do not work, but, follow only devotion, you will be violating the preachings of Krishna in Bhagavad Gita.
And, you can’t live in this world if you do not work.
Krishna clearly says in chapter -3 of Bhagavad Gita that one can’t even take care of himself if he does not work.
He also says that He Himself is working because others too should follow Him and work.
When Krishna says this much clearly, how can you remain without working?
If a devotee is always depending on the mercy of others even for his basic needs, it is not good. The devotees should not remain burden for others. If they do not take care of their own needs, others may think that one will have to depend on others if they become devotees.
This will give a bad image for the devotee community.
Instead, if the devotees to perform their duties without attachment to results and use the earnings for the benefit of others, it will encourage others too to work and also follow devotion.
There are many business people and working people who are supporting the devotees through their earnings. Only because they earn, they are able to support others.
Therefore, instead of expecting others for all our needs, it is good to work, earn and support others.
In another angle, abandoning work is the life style of sanyasis. They have renounced all their responsibilities and hence they need not work hard.
However, they too need the support from the grahasthas (family people) to have their food and some basic needs.
Even those sanyasis have their basic duties such as cleaning their place of living, bathing, sleeping, etc.
Most importantly, a sanyasi should enlighten others in self and god realization. This is his major duty as a sanyasi. He should accept food from others and eat. He should not involve in worldly affairs.
In the present world, remaining away from all the worldly affairs will be very difficult. Therefore, working and using all the resources in the service of Lord will be the best way of life.
Therefore, WORK is the vital part of our life. No one can escape from duties.
If there is no sufficient grahasthas who are earning, no sanyasi can live. Therefore, unless you become a full time sanyasi and living with the biksha (donation) from others, you will have to work and earn.
There are some guys who do not have initiative to work, think of stopping work and involve only in devotion. But, when their life becomes miserable when they have to depend on others for their every need, they feel later.
Even if you go and settle in temple as a full time service, you will have to work in temples. You can not remain idle even in temples.
However, the temples can’t accommodate all the people to stay and live without earning. They too have limits.
Considering all these points, we can conclude that working and taking care of our needs and also helping others will be the safe and the best option.
Start to think of this seriously and work as said by Krishna.