Should a devotee worry for loss of job/ business since Krishna protects him?
You said that your business declined because you are giving more time for devotinal services. Krishna said that he will take care of a devotee exclusively who is fully dependent on Him. Then, why should you worry? Won’t Krishna take care of you?
I have to advise something to you based on this question. You are blindly following the preaching of some devotees who would have spoken only about Bhakti Yoga. The ONLY ACTIVITY for resident brahmacharis and full time devotees is serving Krishna all the time. The managements get donations and manage their temples. Some part of earning comes from book sales. They need not do any business or material job. But, to pay the donation, we, the people should work and earn. Isn’t it?
So, the people, ie, non-resident devotees should work EFFECTIVELY and earn. Some devotees are telling “BE SURRENDERED TO KRISHNA, HE WILL NOT LET U DOWN”. This is not a complete statement as far as non-resident devotees are concerned. The real preaching for non-resident devotees should be “WORK EFFECTIVELY, EARN, MANAGE YOUR LIFE AND SUPPORT THE DEVOTEE COMMUNITY BY BEING SURRENDERED TO KRISHNA”
This is the complete preaching for them.
MY CAPSULE FORM OF SUGGESTION FOR THE WAY OF LIFE FOR NON-RESIDENT DEVOTEES IS:
FOLLOW BAKTHI YOGA TO GET KRISHNA + FOLLOW KARMA YOGA TO MANAGE YOUR LIFE
I warn you: Unless you follow karma yoga said by Krishna Himself, you can’t manage your life as a grahastha or non-resident brahmachari. You will have to starve and suffer. Give me a single example where Krishna said “Quit all your works and just serve me all the time”. I will quit my preaching activities and go to hell. Krishna REPEATEDLY INSISTS US TO PERFORM OUR ASSIGNED DUTIES EFFICIENTLY AS A SERVICE TO HIM.
Our Beloved Krishna did not advise Arjuna to quit fighting and do only serving Krishna. He CLEARLY…CLEARLY… REPEATEDLY SAID : “FIGHT THE WAR AS SAID BY ME”.
What this means?
Work your naturally assigned duties AS SAID BY ME.
In Entire Bhagavad Gita, Krishna wants us to plan and work.
Is making profits in our works wrong?
No No No.
You must make profits. Only the way how you use those profits matters. Read further:
Without a target, one can’t work. So, we need a target. Arjuns too had the target –killing the Kauravas.
All Krishna said was, not to have attachment to results. If I have a target and if I don’t achieve it, I should not lament. I should try again more efficiently analyzing all the factors. That’s all.
If I do something, I should do effectively. Krishna uses the word EFFECTIVELY. That includes everything. A milk vendor can’t sell below the cost. Krishna did not say so. So, profit is MUST in any business. What many devotees forget to say is that our original scriptures permit a businessman to make profits and he should use those profits for his family and also for the society. This is the clear verdict of scriptures.
Basically, I am doing a business to earn and live. It is permitted. I started this service. It dragged me to spare more time. I did so. This is where I committed mistake. My business started to fall. I violated Krishna’s instructions of working EFFECTIVELY. Hence my sufferings. But the problem is, if we follow only Bhakti Yoga, we lose our interest in business. This is where we are wrong. Many do not preach giving importance to karma yoga, but they preach about only Bhakti yoga.
If one follows only Bhakti yoga, he can not manage his family and day to day expenses. Bhakti will give Krishna. No doubt. But, to lead our life of 50-60 years, we need to follow karma yoga also along with Bhakti Yoga. This is my conclusion.
So, I write daringly what many do not insist. If u expect me to insist only on Bhakti yoga, I will be making many devotees to keep on praying and losing interest in managing his own life of food and shelter. Krishna won’t like such a partial preaching.
I am now suffering financially. Of course I trust Krishna 100%. But, I did not follow His instructions of working effectively, earning and managing myself. I dedicated fully for preaching. This is possible only for resident and full time devotees. Not for day scholars like me who work, manage his life and also serve the Lord.
THUS, YOU SHOULD KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE WAY OF DEVOTION TO BE FOLLOWED BY FULL TIME RESIDENT DEVOTEES AND WORKING DEVOTEES.
If you do not understand this MAJOR DIFFERENCE, you will find it difficult to manage your day to day life. Krishna too never said so. He is so merciful. He also allows us to glorify Him through our assigned duties.
Temples are running only because of the monetary support of WORKING devotees. So, they dedicate full time. If I too have a temple, I can dedicate fully, earn and live. But, I am running a business and also online services through websites. If these websites satisfy my daily needs, I can quit business. If it does not happen, I have to suffer financially or devote more time for business or settle in a temple as a full time devotee. So, I have to revert back to material business and also serve Krishna allocating time accordingly.
So, the mistake is mine. Do not follow the preaching as it is. Work, earn and manage yourself. This is Krishna’s advice. He warns us: “If you do not work, you can not even manage yourself”
Follow Krishna’s advice in Bhagavad Gita. Krishna’s direct words are more important. Follow the chairman of FORD who works hard and also support the services and temples of Krishna. He beautifully follows karma yoga fused with bhakti yoga.
Since many devotees are expecting the posts, I am continuing this service in a hope that Krishna will make them realize the importance of supporting a service. What I have been writing is to motivate others to support this service. Nothing else. Motivating is the part of service that may seem like material. But, it is also required. I should not become a beggar with no money to serve that will stop this service. I should motivate others, make this website financially stable and serve longer for Krishna. This is what I am doing. Money is very important to serve Krishna through online. Even in direct service, the temples need more money for flowers, prasadam distribution, Pujaris and other salaries, etc. Money need not be hated. It should be earned and used for the service of Krishna and also to manage yourself.
So, my observation is: Nothing wrong in earning more. How you use it for Krishna and also for your life management is important.
So, repeat 1000 or more times:
WORK….WORK….WORK….AS A SERVICE TO KRISHNA. NEVER STOP WORKING AND EARNING. EARN AND SUPPORT THE SERVICES FOR KRISHNA.
If you do not like to do jobs or business, no other wway, you should start full time service to Krishna in temple. They will take care of your needs. But, they too can’t take care of 1000s of youth. They too will retain only the required number of devotees.
Keep this in mind.
Work and help in the service of Krishna. This is the best formula for working devotees.
MY FORMULA IS GIVEN AGAIN BELOW (READ IT 100 TIMES):
FOLLOW BAKTHI YOGA TO GET KRISHNA + FOLLOW KARMA YOGA TO MANAGE YOUR LIFE
If both exists, your devotional life will be really nice and successful. I admit that I too failed to effectively manage the both that made me suffer and am planning to correct my mistake with my own experience that I have shared with you to make you think.
This is my conclusion. Krishna’s conclusion too.
Hope u are clear now.