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Title: Community Service

User: Nava Gauranga dasa  Date: 2006-08-01 20:23:09


Nityananada! Gauranga! Hare krishna!

Dear Swami Gaurangapada and assembled devotees,

please accept my humble obiesances and well wishes.


I am just about to go and prepare a small offering to Lords Nityananda Gauranga and then settle in for the night with some Naam japa.


Due to a health condition I have not worked for just over two years. Today was my first effort for new work, at a Salvation Army second hand store. I have decided to do volunteer work two days a week. I wish to perform selfless action, and study the Gita more on how to approach work. Not seeking results and being self situated. Even though I practice bhakti yoga to some extent I still consider myself very fallen. So hopefully by performing some self-less social service, my mind may gradually become purified. Ofcourse by only working two days a week, I will be focusing my efforts on gradually increasing Naam kirtana and japa. Slowly and steadily I wish to raise myself up in the following Gita verses,  Chapter 12 verses 6-12.


Bhagavad Gita 10:11

If, however you are unable to work in this consciousness of Me, then try to give up all results of your work and try to be self-situated.




It may be that one is unable even to sympathize with the activities of Krishna consciousness because of social, familial or religious considerations or because of some other impediments. If one attaches himself directly to the activities of Krishna consciousness, there may be objections from family members, or so many other difficulties. For one who has such a problem, it is advised that he sacrifice the accumulated result of his activities to some good cause. Such procedures are described in the Vedic rules. There are many descriptions of sacrifices and special functions of punya, or special work in which the result of one's previous action may be applied. Thus one may gradually become elevated to the state of knowledge. It is also found that when one who is not even interested in the activities of Krishna consciousness gives charity to some hospital or some other social institution, he gives up the hard-earned results of his activities. That is also recommended here because by the practice of giving up the fruits of one's activities one is sure to purify his mind gradually, and in that purified stage of mind one becomes able to understand Krishna consciousness. Of course Krishna consciousness is not dependent on any other experience, because Krishna consciousness itself can purify one's mind, but if there are impediments to accepting Krishna consciousness, one may try to give up the results of his actions. In that respect, social service, community service, national service, sacrifice for one's country, etc., may be accepted so that some day one may come to the stage of pure devotional service to the Supreme Lord. In Bhagavad-gita (18.46) we find it is stated, yatah pravrittir bhutanam: if one decides to sacrifice for the supreme cause, even if he does not know that the supreme cause is Krishna, he will come gradually to understand that Krishna is the supreme cause by the sacrificial method.


I can purchase nice items that I find while sorting cloth etc. Today I found a beautiful embroided cloth for Lords Nityananda Gauranga's altar. It was a good day.


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