Using everything for Gods service-Yukta Vairagya

January 6, 2023 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

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Nov 20 1971 letter Hamsadutta

Regarding your question about incense, Karandhara has just informed me that our Spiritual Sky incense business is making now $1,000,000 a year to spend for Krishna. How can that be Maya? My Guru maharaja used to say, “Anything material, if it is used for the service of Krishna, it is a mistake to give it up.” Because I have understood this principle, he used to appreciate me in front of my godbrothers. I have given this idea all along—why you big leaders do not understand it? You should take it to heart as a guiding principle that somehow or other we always please Krishna by doing what is practical and necessary, according to time and place. Not that we should be whimsical. But one test is that all the devotees should be satisfied. They have given their lives to Krishna, so we should see they are always happy. Their service is voluntary. It is not that we can force anyone to do anything. If we do they will go away and that is a great loss. Everyone must be encouraged to do what he likes to do for Krishna, so if someone likes to do business for Krishna, let them make $1,000,000 for Krishna.
 
Oct 27 1968
Our Gosvāmīs, they have prescribed yuktavairāgya: accept everything in relationship with Kṛṣṇa. Then it is yuktavairāgya. It is also vairāgya. Śuṣka-vairāgya and yuktavairāgya. Śuṣka-vairāgya means simply renunciation without assimilation. Māyāvādī sect, Śaṅkara sect, they have got stringent laws for renunciation. But Vaiṣṇavas, they have no stringent law. They accept everything as Kṛṣṇaprasādam, actually offering Kṛṣṇa, working for Kṛṣṇa, living for Kṛṣṇa. This is the best use. My GuruMahārāja used to say, “The best use of a bad bargain.” Everything in Kṛṣṇarelationship. That is yuktavairāgyaNirbandhaḥkṛṣṇasambandheyuktavairāgyamucyateVairagya means detachment. So when we are attached to Kṛṣṇa, automatically we are detached to māyā. Not artificially we want to be detached from māyā. Just like theoretically I know that I am not this body, but the bodily necessities are there because I am encaged in the body. Therefore the bodily necessities-eating, sleeping, mating, defending-should be done in relationship with Kṛṣṇa. Then it is all right. Then my consciousness is always in Kṛṣṇa, and I am detached to my bodily demands. And those who are not Kṛṣṇa conscious, their bodily demands is on the materialistic platform. They are going on, increasing the degree of fever and coming to the 107 degree. 
 
SB 8.1.14 purport….Knowledge of self-realization, even though freed from all material affinity, does not look well if devoid of a conception of the infallible [God].” Jnānīs recommend that one adopt naiṣkarmya by not doing anything but simply meditating and thinking of Brahman, but this is impossible unless one realizes Parabrahman, Kṛṣṇa. If there is no Kṛṣṇa consciousness, any kind of activity, be it philanthropic, political or social, simply causes karmabandhana, bondage to material work.
As long as one is entangled in karmabandhana, one must accept different types of bodies that spoil the human form of facility. Therefore, in Bhagavad-gītā (6.3karmayoga is recommended: 
“For one who is a neophyte in the yoga system, work is said to be the means; and for one who has already attained to yoga, cessation of all material activities is said to be the means.”…….
 
NOTE-Therefore in the following conversation with Srila Prabhupada he explains that karma yoga is BETTER than vaidhi (regulative) bhakti…. In other words for the neophytes (most of us) it is better to use what we already have gotten thru our past karma and then dovetail those assets for Krsna seva. This is called yukta vairagya 

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