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Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

I am a software engineer working in an MNC. I have lost interest in my work and I am being strongly aligned towards the path of Bhakthi, since the time I have read Bhagavad Gita As It Is. I lost interest because, I couldnt connect the work which I do, with GOD. Krishna says to offer devotional service unto Him. I wish to take morning classes on Bhagavad Gita. I have started preparing the presentations in english. I will be ready in a month. I may not be perfect but I wish to share the divine knowledge with people and initiate them towards the path of Bhakti. Can anyone tell me where I can start off? Any place or educational institution where I can go and teach? I live in Hyderabad.

 

Thank you,

Subash

 

 

 

 

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Prabhu, on the contrary Devotee who understood Bhagavad Gita will become enthusiastic to do his duties.

Because now he understands that boss is Krishna.

Plus for a man it is very good if he does job. For a man it is very nice to be in outside world, in the society...

When time comes one can leave family life,  job and accept vanaprastha ashram. But not earlier.

Your servant,

Hare Krishna..

Thank you mataji, for your insight.

 

Regards,

Subash

Very Correct Answer; In accordance with the thoughts of Mahajanas

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Hare Krsna Prabhuji,

PAMHO.

With due respects, have you done Bhakti Shastri course? If not, it would be advisable to do that course first. Are you part of Bhakti Vriksha in Hyderabad?

Haribol,

Your servant,

Rashmi

Hare Krishna Mataji..

What is Bhakti Vriksha? and Bhakti Shastri course? Where exactly in Hyderabad is it offered?

Regards,

Subash

Hare Krsna Prabhuji,

Bhakti Vriksha is a discussion based format of preaching, wherein the philosophy is explained in bite sized informations. A group meets once a week, discuss the topic on hand. There, everyone can discuss openly whatever thoughts are coming to their mind. It helps to clear a lot of initial doubts, it helps in congregational development and builds bonds within the team. The group becomes a family sort of, they go for picnics together and have fun and progress in devotional life together, effortlessly. There is a bhakti vriksha leader who does all the coordiantion.

I know for a fact that in Hyderabad, the BV is held in the temple itself. If you approach your local ISKCON temple and inquire about BV, you will get all the requisite information.

Bhakti Shastri is a more advanced degree course of ISKCON, where the following books are taught in intensively, in detail - Bhagavad Gita, Sri Isopanishad, Nectar of Devotion, Nectar of Instruction. Typically, it takes 2 -3 years to do this course. For more centres including Hyderabad, to do a Bhakti Shastri course, you need to be under a Bhakti Vriksha. So better to start with BV.

Prabhuji, it is possible that when you attend a BV, you will find that you are more advanced than other devotees. That is the concept - when devotees of different levels meet informally in that setup, they learn a lot more and mutually benefit. In the BV format, if done properly, you will get full overview of all bhakti related activities that are possible, including how to do arati, what bhajans are there and how to sing them, how to render devotional service of various types, how to take care of devotees. THat is very fulfilling. I would recommend that for you. It will enrich you and because of your knowledge of Gita, your association will enrich others.

Thank you,

Haribol,

Your servant,

Rashmi

Hare Krishna Mataji..

Thank you very much for explaining. I will get in touch with the local ISKCON temple authorities and find out more about this.

 

Regards,

Subash

Hare Krsna
I agree with Mataji. Karmis get attached to the results of their work and get entangled. A Krsna conscious person can perform the same work but without attachment just for the sake of guiding people on the right path. Krsna says prescribed duties should not be given up even if they are full of faults.

Hare Krsna,

There are many instructions in the Bhagavad Gita which can hopefully help you to understand how to deal with material duties.

Chapter 3, Verse 4.
Not by merely abstaining from work can one achieve freedom from reaction, nor by renunciation alone can one attain perfection.

Chapter 3, Verse 8.
Perform your prescribed duty, for action is better than inaction. A man cannot even maintain his physical body without work.

Chapter 3, Verse 9.
Work done as a sacrifice for Visnu has to be performed, otherwise work binds one to this material world. Therefore, O son of Kunti, perform your prescribed duties for His satisfaction, and in that way you will always remain unattached and free from bondage.

Chapter 3, Verse 19.
Therefore, without being attached to the fruits of activities, one should act as a matter of duty; for by working without attachment, one attains the Supreme.

Therefore, O Arjuna, surrendering all your works unto Me, with full knowledge of Me, without desires for profit, with no claims to proprietorship, and free from lethargy, fight. [3.30]

Those persons who execute their duties according to My injunctions and who follow this teaching faithfully, without envy, become free from the bondage of fruitive actions. [3.31]

Note: It is not always easy to understand the quotes when first reading them.

It is normal that this takes time and requires more reading especially articles of acaryas.

Let me know if any quote appears confusing.

A general guideline is to balance time allocated to both material and spiritual duties while favouring the spiritual duties.

Haribol,

Hare Krishna..

All the above stated verses ask us to do our prescribed duties. Prescribed duties are the ones mentioned in the Vedas. But what I am doing now appears as if it doesn't have any connection to God. Hence I am not getting that interest. But I am reading lot of books like Bhagavad gita, Bhagavatam, Mahabharatam etc these days and I am strongly aligned to the path of Gyana yoga and bhakti yoga.

Hare Krsna Subash Prabhuji,

PAMHO.

Your prescribed duty is to do your job of software engineer! What is mentioned in the vedas is the four varnas and the four ashramas. In student life, your duty is to study with diligence. Now you have completed student life and are workign somewhere. Your employer is paying you. Isnt it your prescribed duty to do your work diligently and EARN your salary instead of just getting paid at the end of the month? If you think software engineering has no connection to God, please remember that everything in the material world comes from god. He mentions that He is present in every living and non living entity in the world in the form of paramatma. 

Just imagine, Krsna asked Arjuna to fight against his own relatives and friends in Kurukshetra. Where is God in the battlefield? When Arjuna was fighting the war, what do you think he was thinking - how to kill the enemy in front of me in the fastest manner, or God - where is Your lotus feet!!? Obviously the former. He did not want to fight, but fought for the will of the lord. Similarly, you do your job, without thinking about increment and promotion, but as a duty to God. YOu can give a percentage of your savings to the service of the local temple or use that money yourself to serve Krsna in whatever capacity you can think.

Make yourself so strong in devotion, that gradually you can use your software engg skills in devotion. The devotee who has re-established and is running the ISKCON Chennai website is an employee of IBM. Maybe you can do something similar. For that, you have to firm up in devotion. Maybe you can approach the Hyderabad temple and offer your services of software engg to develop any promotional or website or any manner that the temple thinks fit. That way, you will establish connection of your profession with God.

Continue working, that is the cheapest and best way to remain updated with your material skills. You can then use those skills for devotion. What I am suggesting, if you can understand and implement that, then you will be doing yukta vairagya, which is better than giving up material duties, as you very well know yourself.

Haribol,

Your servant,

Rashmi

Hare Krishna Rashmi Mataji..

Thanks again for the reply. I will try my best to offer my humble services to the Lord. It will take some time but surely I will start to preach about Krishna through online sessions or classroom sessions. I will let you know when I do that :)

 

Regards,

Subash

 

 

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