Be a spiritual worker, not a material shirker
Some people who become spiritual but don’t have an inclusive understanding of spirituality start neglecting their work and their worldly responsibilities in the name of spirituality.
However, the point of spirituality is to connect with Krishna and for that purpose to disconnect from those things that obstruct that connection. While the world can be one such thing that impedes our spiritual connection, it doesn’t have to do that – and it doesn’t do only that. The world offers us the arena for serving Krishna and connecting with him through service. Indeed, the Bhagavad-gita (18.46) urges us to spiritualize our work – the explicit wording of the verse goes even further, urging us to worship Krishna with our work. The use of the word worship (abhyarcha) is telling – it suggests that we approach our work as potentially divine, deserving of reverence.
In jarring contrast is the fragmented and impoverishing vision of work simply as a burden. When the mind immobilizes us in our energy to work by such notions, it is simply acting as an agent of lethargy to make us not do what we are meant to do – and what we have to do eventually, given that we need to work for sustenance.
Shirking from work lets us come under the mind’s control, thereby increasing the hold of the mode of ignorance on us and obstructing us later when we want to practice spiritual life. So, rather than letting the mind increase its hold on us, even if such attempts for control are masked as a spiritually-arising indifference, we will be better situated to learn to see Krishna in the world by carrying into our worldly activities the spiritual impression and inspiration we have acquired through our direct devotional practices.
Better to do what we have to do with a positive, inclusive attitude than a negative, fragmented attitude.
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