I Would Be Doing The Same Thing

[Radha-Krishna]“If I should cease to work, then all these worlds would be put to ruination. I would also be the cause of creating unwanted population, and I would thereby destroy the peace of all sentient beings.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 3.24)

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उत्सीदेयुरिमे लोका न कुर्यां कर्म चेदहम् ।
सङ्करस्य च कर्ता स्यामुपहन्यामिमाः प्रजाः ॥

utsīdeyur ime lokā
na kuryāṁ karma ced aham
saṅkarasya ca kartā syām
upahanyām imāḥ prajāḥ

Friend1: Are you familiar with the concept of an adult spoiled child?

Friend2: I think that is rather self-explanatory. A child, meaning that we are talking in relation to parents. They are of adult age. And they are spoiled. What else is there to know?

Friend1: I should have been more specific. Have you come across such people? Do you know of any examples?

Friend2: I guess so, but the assessment is rather subjective. Growing up, if I met another kid who had a television in their room, I thought they were privileged. In college, some of my peers had to work in order to maintain enrollment. From their point of view, any person who didn’t have to work was entitled or privileged.

Friend1: I see. Let’s provide a stricter definition. A spoiled adult child in this instance is someone who does not work.

Friend2: Intentionally?

Friend1: Yes. They can most certainly work. They likely have a college degree. Everything was paid for by the parents.

Friend2: Alright. I think you come across that in every generation.

Friend1: Even though it seems more commonplace today?

Friend2: Maybe, but I think that’s because some of the signs are more obvious. Like smartphones, televisions, internet service, a car, etc. In times past, it was not as easy to stay at home and do nothing.

[smartphones]Friend1: Right, because you at least had to maintain the farm, or something like that. Unless you were part of the elite of society, who had servants to take care of everything.

Friend2: Even then, you at least looked after the family estate. That was a kind of work.

Friend1: Whereas today the parents are still working. They are supporting the adult children. I bring this up because some of the stories are really terrifying. You have these kids who yell and scream at their parents, for no good reason. They refuse to do anything.

Friend2: I have seen that. Sometimes, the child pits the parents against one another. Especially in the case of divorce, the mother and father are in competition with one another to see who can purchase the affection of the child.

Friend1: Which is really terrible, if you think about it. Anyway, it is not that I am jealous. The problem I see is that these children are always depressed. They take to drugs and alcohol. They are miserable. They have given up on life.

Friend2: Right. They have gotten everything handed to them. They have low self-esteem. It’s not a good situation.

Friend1: Whereas you think the opposite would be true. Everyone is working to survive. That is the struggle for existence. Yet, these people don’t have to struggle. Everything is already provided for them, but they are miserable because of it.

Friend2: You could take the lesson from Bhagavad-gita, wherein Krishna advises Arjuna to work. Instead of giving up, continue forward, in line with the occupation based on guna.

Friend1: Okay, but what if someone doesn’t have to work in order to maintain a living?

Friend2: There is always work going on. Just because the child has everything provided for them, it doesn’t mean that someone else isn’t working hard to provide.

Friend1: Right, but who cares what someone else has to do? If I am the spoiled child, it doesn’t matter to me.

Friend2: You just said that such people are depressed.

Friend1: Which really makes you think. What are people working for? What is the objective of work? Are we taking on responsibilities just to avoid depression? What would someone do if they didn’t need to provide?

Friend2: Those are great questions. That is the underlying assumption in the science of self-realization, that there is already someone providing for the many eternals:

“The Upanishadic verse runs as follows: nityo nityanam chetanash chetananam. The purport is that amongst all the living entities, both conditioned and liberated, there is one supreme living personality, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who maintains them and gives them all the facility of enjoyment according to different work.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 15.17 Purport)

Friend1: If the chief eternal is already providing, why do I need to work?

Friend2: Find the right kind of work. Follow occupational duty that is not based on survival.

Friend1: What is it based on, then?

Friend2: Dharma. The work is based on the essential characteristic of the individual.

Friend1: But that doesn’t always seem to be the same. For instance, Arjuna is a military man. The people of Vraja maintain the farm. Narada Muni is a brahmana.

Friend2: The work is the same, in those cases. The work is in line with dharma. There is a connection to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Friend1: In what way? Through sacrificing the results of the work?

Friend2: That is one way, but also in acting based on the inherent nature. The objective is to please God. That is pure devotion. If you were to ask such people what they would be doing if they had millions of dollars in the bank, they wouldn’t have to think twice.

Friend1: What would they be doing?

[Radha-Krishna]Friend2: The exact same thing. Narada Muni travels the three worlds chanting the glories of Narayana. He does this without worrying about personal fortune or finding food to eat. Arjuna is brave on the battlefield as a kshatriya. Nanda Maharaja takes care of the cows in Gokula. Everyone does their duty, and they are blissful throughout because they always think of the all-attractive one, Shri Krishna.

In Closing:

Even Krishna initiative to take,
For work an example to make.

Such that others properly can see,
Path where happy to be.

Otherwise into depression set,
And never peace of mind to get.

Saints working in such a way,
That always the same to stay.



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  1. Radhe Radhe ❣️ oshriRadhekrishnaBole ❣️ Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare
    Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
    Jay Jay Shree Siya Ram

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