Career choice & Worldly happiness-II - Lake Harding Association

Career choice & Worldly happiness-II

Career choice & Worldly happiness-II

By Micah Moen 12 Comments February 11, 2020


Bharath (Q3): Like me, many youngsters have
different kinds of passions. Please tell me what is meant by interest and
what is meant by passion. Should there be any restrictions in developing
our interests? Swami: An attraction to an item is interest. When the same interest intensifies, it becomes
passion. If the fruit of the attraction to that item
brings welfare to the soul, then having a passion will give more benefit than having
a mere interest. But if the fruit is harmful to the soul, even
having an interest for it must be avoided. Bharath (Q4): Since I lost interest in engineering
I have become very lazy. I have wasted a lot of precious time and even
now I am wasting time. When I try to analyze the reasons for my laziness,
I find that it is not only the loss of interest but also something else. Please tell me the different reasons why a
person becomes lazy and how to overcome it. Swami: Laziness is the most dangerous disease
because it not only spoils one’s mental health, but also one’s physical health. Even if you stop mental work, you should never
stop physical work, which is doing some physical exercises, at least. The body must have perfect health and you
must give top most priority to this point. A sound mind always needs a sound body. Only a sound mind can understand the real
spiritual knowledge, which is helpful for the welfare of the soul forever. Bharath (Q5): Many students are forced by
their parents to study something or to do something they are not interested in doing. I have even seen students committing suicide
because they were asked to do something which they never liked and as a result they had
failed miserably. In that case, should students listen to their
parents? In my case though, I was not interested in
doing an M.Tech. I still listened to my father and did it. As a result, I have got this divine knowledge
from You. You gave me Nikhil sir as my teacher, who
helped me understand this knowledge by patiently answering all my questions. So, by listening to my father, even though
I did not like what he told me to do, something good happened to me. Swami replied: Parents are always wiser than
their children because parents have more worldly knowledge than the children. Worldly knowledge is also a fundamental necessity. Suppose, you are planning to present a devotional
drama to the public to develop their devotion to God. To perform the drama, a stage is essential. So, you must have all the knowledge of the
stage too. The devotional drama is your spiritual effort. Maintaining yourself in the world i.e. securing
your livelihood, is the stage. Worldly knowledge is the knowledge of the
stage. If you are very rich and if you are interested
in spiritual knowledge, it is good. You need not struggle to maintain yourself
in the world. You can only concentrate on the spiritual
effort which leads to the permanent welfare of the soul. It is certainly far far more important than
merely the welfare of the body. But if you are poor, then as the first step,
you should concentrate on the welfare of the body, which is securing your livelihood. Even if you are a middle class person, you
should concentrate on the welfare of the body in the first step. This is because, your limited savings might
not be sufficient for your lifetime since the value of money might fall steeply in the
future. As regards education, even if you do not have
any interest in a subject, you have to develop interest in it since it is helpful for your
profession. You should choose a field of study which has
better career prospects so that you may get good employment and develop interest in that
field. Even if a man is forced to marry a certain
woman, he must develop interest in his wife, once the marriage has taken place. He married her under inevitable circumstances. If the circumstances had not been inevitable,
he could have married the girl he loved very much. Similarly, in order to maintain yourself in
the world, which is the basic stage for the spiritual effort, you have to study the subject
in which you have no natural interest. After entering in to the subject, you must
show your interest in it to the climax. You should not withdraw from the subject saying
that you have no natural interest in it. It would be just like saying to your wife
that you do not love her because you were forced to marry her under inevitable circumstances! It would be real injustice. Until you are well-settled in life, you must
continue your interest in that subject and in the profession related to that subject. Once you are established in your profession,
you can pursue your interest in another subject of your choice. But please do not extend this concept to the
example of marriage that I gave you. It was only a simile. You cannot say that after getting married,
you will also continue your interest in your lover on the side! A simile can be applied to a concept only
in a limited manner.

12 Comments found

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Devi K

A sound mind always needs a sound body. Only a sound mind can understand the real spiritual knowledge, which is helpful for the welfare of the soul forever. Beautiful explanation! Jai Guru Datta!

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Nithin Bhonsle

If you should have the Passion instead of interest that ll be more beneficiary…..jai guru datta 🙏🙏🙏

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kishore ram

A misunderstanding from the public on spirituality is to sacrifice anything and everything in the first step itself. Swamiji has beautifully explained the importance of one's livelyhood and why is it important to earn etc. Excellent message.

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kishore salipalli

Laziness a dangerous disease for most of the today's generation. People finding wrong ways to earn easy money due to laziness being one of the reasons.

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Salipalli Bhanoji Rao

The balance between maintaining oneself and worship or service to God is very well explained in this video.

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Ramya Sri Salipalli

Guru Datta Shri Datta Prabhu Datta

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Nikhil Kothurkar

People talk so much about having a passion about what they do. But no one gives importance to assessing whether what they have a passion for is worthy of their attention or not.

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Padmaram Kandarpa

🙏🙏🙏

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Arsha Kothurkar

Such a beautiful explanation by Swami… Jai Guru Datta 🙏😃🙏

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Arsha Kothurkar

I really hate mathematics…but the explanation that is given by Swamiji opened my eyes…now i will create interest… because it will indirectly help me in my spiritual progress…

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Pvd Prasad

Jai Guru Datta

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surya narayana

lovely knowledge.
Guru Datta Shri Datta Prabhu Datta

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