Why shouldn't we enjoy our life when we are young?

Hare Krishna,

Why shouldn't we earn money and enjoy our life when we are young?

Why so many bramhacharis who are highly educated left their professions

to serve devotees? I wonder how could they do that. Later I realised most

of the devotees who left everything are from well to do families. What should

a devotee who comes from a middle class family do? Usually we have so 

many dreams and aspirations in life and to achieve them we need to work.

It is difficult for a devotee to balance devotional life and career due to limited

intelligence. Any thoughts on this?

 

YHS

Akash

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  • Hare Krishna,

    Is it possible that no body has ever enjoyed in this material life ? No. Everyone is seeking enjoyment in his own way. But the problem with material enjoyment is it is having a starting point and end point(bg2.14), plus a reaction resulting misery is hidden in every such endeavour(bg5.22) Plus it is of diminishing nature means from start to end resulting pleasure feeling goes on reducing.

    So what long time result we get -> a mental impression/illusion/attachment to material objects/ always a fear of losing/misery as reaction/non stop hankering causing mental instability.

    Seeking material enjoyment keeps us in forgetfulness of our real identity, that way we are passing our valuable human life without investing time in the real enquiry.  We cannot stop growing old/getting disease, this 100% confirms that we are dependent. So if one is dependent, then acting whatever way one wants will be the biggest stupity for sure. So if we invest our time to know Krishna, love and serve Krishna which starts by the hearing process, then Krishna will enlighten us. He is watching every moment, there is no private life at all. 

    And Only in human form one can have the opportunity to access that love of Godhead, the ultimate spiritual bliss. So one must endeavour for it simply by starting to give aural reception systematically.

    - Jai Shri Krishna !! Jai Bhakt Prahlad ki jai !!

     

  • E-Counselor

    Hare Krsna prabhu,

    PAMHO.

    Firstly apologies for the delay in replying. Have been too budy.

    To answer your questions:

    Why shouldn't we earn money and enjoy our life when we are young? - we have been enjoying or trying to enjoy so many lifetimes, still our desire to enjoy is not satiated, nor we feel we have enjoyed. We want to enjoy more and more. Like Srila Prabhupada mentioned to Srila Bhakti Caru Maharaj - so many lifetimes you have enjoyed, give one lifetime to Krsna. Even if nothing happens and you dont go back to Godhead, what is the loss? After all, in so many lifetimes, it is just one lifetime.

    To explain further, even we, while enjoyng every minute, do take a break when we have say exams. Dont we prioritise studying over enjoyng, thinking we have to crack the exam, we will enjoy later. That same way, for acharyas or seers of the truth, it is spending one lifetime in the service of Krsna, among many many lifetimes. 

    To explain another way, what is the age when enjoyment stops? It never does. So why does one think I will enjoy in youth and do devotion in old age, Whatever we cultivate in our life, we will do that only in old age. Choice is ours. 

    Why so many bramhacharis who are highly educated left their professions to serve devotees? I wonder how could they do that. Later I realised most

    of the devotees who left everything are from well to do families. - Another one of your famous Mother of Earth Statements - generalisations without any data. THe person who renounces the world and takes to devotion does so out of love of God and desire to serve the devotees of the lord. It has nothing to do with material wealth or lack of it. 

     

    What should a devotee who comes from a middle class family do? Usually we have so many dreams and aspirations in life and to achieve them we need to work. - There is no need to renounce at all. What is important to add Krsna to our life. Whatever we are doing in our life, whatever stage of life we are in, we can do devotion. 

    It is difficult for a devotee to balance devotional life and career due to limited intelligence. Any thoughts on this? As long as one is able to have a clear goal in mind, it is easy to prioirtise. Being materially successful is not an impediment to devotion. Our histories (Srimad Bhagawatam and Puranas) are full of stories of Chakravarty Rajas or emperiors of the world who were pure devotees. 

    These are merely excuses for not doing devotion. Try to not get caught in them. These are mere mind games.

    Haribol,

    Your servant,

    Radha Rasamayi DD

     

     

  • Take some time to read Prabhupada's words here as well, it will directly answer your question if you are interested:

    https://vaniquotes.org/wiki/Category:Modern_Civilization

    Category:Modern Civilization - Vaniquotes
  • Bhagavad Gita As It Is, Chapter 4, Text 38:
     
    In this world, there is nothing so sublime and pure as transcendental knowledge. Such knowledge is the mature fruit of all mysticism. And one who has achieved this enjoys the self within himself in due course of time.
     
    PURPORT
     
    When we speak of transcendental knowledge, we do so in terms of spiritual understanding. As such, there is nothing so sublime and pure as transcendental knowledge. Ignorance is the cause of our bondage, and knowledge is the cause of our liberation. This knowledge is the mature fruit of devotional service, and when one is situated in transcendental knowledge, he need not search for peace elsewhere, for he enjoys peace within himself. In other words, this knowledge and peace are culminated in Krsna consciousness. That is the last word in the Bhagavad-gita.
     
     
    Most of our Scriptures, anyway, talk about how much true enjoyment people get out of serving Krishna and how it is the way to ultimate fulfillment.
    Bhagavad Gita As It Is, 4.38: Transcendental Knowledge, Text 38.
    In this world, there is nothing so sublime and pure as transcendental knowledge. Such knowledge is the mature fruit of all mysticism. And one who has…
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