“I am really very busy; I have no time to chant and practise Bhakti Yoga. What to do?”
Are we busier than Arjuna? Do we have more pressing and urgent matters than what Arjuna had; he was on the verge of the most important war that the history of mankind has ever witnessed? Yet he chose to hear the Bhagavad Gita and transform his material activities to spiritual. If it’s possible for Arjuna, it’s certainly possible for all of us.
It would indeed appear violent on our part to ask you to take out time to practise Bhakti Yoga when you hardly have any time for recreation. Therefore we don’t ask you to take out time from your work or leisure for Bhakti practises. Instead we propose you take out some time out of your ‘worry time’. Don’t you worry during the day? How much time do we waste on negative thoughts? If we instead spend that time remembering the Lord and chanting His Holy Names, we’d surely see our worry and waste thoughts disappear; the mind would be freed of unwanted clutter.
Think about it – would you invest in a bank that gave you no interest and also took away your capital? Material life is such a bank account in which all the time that you’ve invested throughout your life gives no result at the time of death! Naturally an intelligent person would spare time for Krishna consciousness, even a little advancement in which, is continued to bring you closer to eternal life.
Beyond our food, clothing, shelter, social and security needs, we all have a spiritual need to find a meaning, purpose to our lives and to experience unlimited love.
People settle for meaning and purpose in self- focus, self-esteem, self-development, self-improvement – “it’s my life, enjoy”, “I do my own thing only”. Such stagnation in the self is like the Dead Sea with no outlet and no life. Real meaning is to become empowered instruments of the Supreme Lord, to effectively reach out and help others. In such an ocean of abundance, life flourishes and we find meaning and fulfilment to our time well spent.
Of course we need to acknowledge the fact that moderns are caught up in a fast paced society, and have less time for family and recreation. In fact life in the modern jungle like cities is worse than living in a natural forest; at least there we have fresh air, clean water and sweet music of birds, unlike the relentless screeching and honking of bikes and cars in a sweaty traffic jam of a city life.
But can we not choose to live a purer life even in this bizarre setting? Remember when the society was arranged according to Vedic values, people would work two to three months a year, reap a harvest that lasted a year, and by protecting cows, they had abundant milk products and medicines. And then throughout the year they happily celebrated festivals. You would find Vedic calendar filled with spiritual festivals, which the modern people are attempting to imitate through Chocolate day, friendship day, rose day, fashion day, and numerous other ‘days’. The desperate attempt to fill the vacuum created by the society that’s rapidly moving away from the Vedic values is utterly failing. The industrial age ushered a nine to five job, then the jet age lead to a nine to nine work schedule, and now the cyber age has blessed us with a 24/7, seven days a week, 365 days a year work schedule. And the gifts of this degradation is hypertension, diabetes, cancer, AIDS and numerous other diseases that are now common even amongst teenagers.
To be continued…..
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