Lord Krishna’s first lesson to Arjuna in the Bhagavad-gita is “You’re not the body; you’re an eternal spiritual being.” When Arjuna hears this, he wonders, “Does that mean I need to give up everything and go off somewhere to meditate?” It’s a natural question.
Arjuna asks Krishna for guidance. Krishna tells him that he should keep working but spiritualize his occupation by connecting it to Him. Krishna repeats this point throughout the Gita, making it one of the book’s central lessons.
In this issue, three articles deal with the subject of work and Krishna consciousness: “Hold On!” “Krishna’s Economics: 1 – 1 = 1,” and “All Work and No Pray Makes Our Lives Wasted.” These articles contain valuable insights into how to keep Krishna at the center of our lives as we go to work each day.
In this issue you’ll also hear about a devotee couple who decided on a different course for their lives. Inspired by Srila Prabhupada’s vision and instructions, they rejected entering the workforce and instead dedicated themselves fully to spreading Krishna consciousness. They relied on Krishna for their maintenance, and He provided. A gorgeous temple in Utah stands as a testament to their devotion and Krishna’s blessings.
Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor