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See Whether by Your Discharge of Duties You Have Pleased God - Prabhupada 1055

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See Whether by Your Discharge of Duties You Have Pleased God Prabhupāda: The advancement of knowledge in any department, that is very good. But what is the aim? The aim is to glorify the Supreme Lord. Just like you are lawyer. You gave us help in some difficulty time. Why? Because you wanted to continue glorification of the Lord, that "These men are doing nice. Why they should be harassed?" So that means you helped glorification of the Lord. So that's your success as a lawyer. So anyone who helps this movement, that "They are spreading Kṛṣṇa consciousness, God consciousness. They should be helped in all respect," that is the perfection. Everything is required, but it should be culminated in the matter of glorifying the Supreme. Then it is perfect. In another place... (aside:) Find out this verse: ataḥ pumbhir dvija-śreṣṭhā varṇāśrama-vibhāgaśaḥ svanuṣṭhitasya dharmasya saṁsiddhir hari-toṣaṇam (SB 1.2.13). Just like you have helped this institution in a difficult position. That means you have pleased Kṛṣṇa. That is your success. My devotees are in difficulty. They wanted some legal help. You, as a lawyer, helped them, so you have pleased Kṛṣṇa, God. That is the aim of life. Whether by my work in different spheres—as a lawyer, as a businessman, or as a scholar, as a philosopher, as a scientist, as an economist... There are so many demands. It doesn't matter. But you should see whether you are successful. And what is the standard of success? The standard of success is whether you have pleased God. (aside:) You read this. Ataḥ pumbhir dvija-śreṣṭhāḥ... Śrutakīrti: Ataḥ... Prabhupāda: Pumbhir. Śrutakīrti: Ataḥ pumbhir dvija-śreṣṭhāḥ. Prabhupāda: Hmm. Find out this verse. Śrutakīrti: Ataḥ pumbhir dvija-śreṣṭhā varṇāśrama-vibhāgaśaḥ svanuṣṭhitasya dharmasya saṁsiddhir hari-toṣaṇam (SB 1.2.13). "O best among the twice-born, it is therefore concluded that the highest perfection one can achieve by discharging his prescribed duties, dharma, according to caste divisions and order of life, is to please the Lord, Hari." Prabhupāda: That is it. That should be the... That "Whether by my profession, by my business, by my talent, by my capacities..."— there are different categories—"whether I have pleased God?" Then it is successful. If you have pleased God by your legal profession— you are in a different dress, it doesn't matter. You are as good as they are whole time only serving God. Because their business is also to please God. Similarly, if you have pleased God, then even by practicing your law, you are as good as the saintly person. That should be the aim: "Whether I have pleased God with my professional duty or occupational duty?" That is the standard. Let people take up this. We don't say that "You change your position. You become a sannyāsī or you give up your profession and become bald-headed." No, we don't say that. (laughs) We are by nature. (laughter) So this is Kṛṣṇa consciousness, that you remain in your position, but see whether by your discharge of duties you have pleased God. Then everything will be all right.

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Duration: 6 minutes and 19 seconds
Country: Australia
Language: English
Producer: Vanipedia
Director: Vanimedia
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Posted by: vanimedia on Jan 23, 2015

Prabhupada speaks during a Conversation 4 in Melbourne on May 22, 1975

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