Will too much spiritual involvement affect my material life unfavorably?

Published on Dec 27, 2014

Question: I have very strong faith in Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy, but I am scared that too much spiritual involvement will affect my material life unfavorably. What should be done?

Answer: It is natural that with the awakening of attachment to Krishna, one will gradually develop detachment from worldly things.

However this does not mean that a devotee will give up his worldly responsibilities; rather he would do those same duties more meticulously as long as they are not detrimental to the cultivation of devotional service but he would do them as a service to the Lord and without attachment for profit and recognition.

There are innumerable examples of great Vaisnava devotees who were householders and held very responsible social positions.

Bhaktivinoda Thakur was an ideal example, he was a magistrate and had ten children!

But he used all his position, wealth, family and abilities in the service of the Lord.

When we take up some spiritual activities even if in small incremental steps in the beginning, we will find that the Lord gives us more time and ability to perform our duties nicely and to take further steps.

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