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Question: How to Be Joyful at Work?


Your daily thoughts are always joyful. You have written how you spend your day in dedication to Krishna. How do we dedicate our mundane jobs to Krishna and be joyful doing this work every day?

Your servant,

Manish.

 


Answer: Work Only for Krishna


The way to transcendentalize your job is to spend every penny you earn for Krishna and not even one penny for sense gratification. This means that you must transform your home into a Krishna conscious ashram. In this way you will be working to maintain a Krishna's ashram, not a household which you consider to be yours. This means that you must have a nice Krishna conscious program in the morning and the evening in your home. Your entire home must be Krishnized in every room with transcendental artwork and transcendental literatures. The center of attraction in your home should be a beautiful Krishna altar always decorated with fresh flowers. All of your food must be offered on that altar before eating. No meat, fish, or eggs,. cigarettes or alcohol should be present in your home.

You should be solidly fixed in chanting the Hare Krishna mantra at least 16 rounds daily along with strictly avoiding illicit sex, intoxication, meat eating, and gambling. If you are thus fixed in your devotional practice, you should take initiation from the bona fide spiritual master.

At your office you should have a picture of Krishna prominently displayed at your desk to remind you who are working for. You should also have a copy of the Bhagavad-gita on your desk so that when there is a break you can read a verse. Have extra Gitas available for interested co-workers who see your Gita and have questions about it. Throughout the day always connect everything with Krishna. For example, when you drink some water remember that Krishna is the taste of the water.

And then whatever extra funds you have should all be donated to those who are spreading Krishna consciousness all over the world.

If you will follow the above guidelines sincerely, you will taste transcendental bliss even while you are working in a mundane atmosphere.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

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