ased on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02, Text 61
We may hesitate to adopt authentic scripture-based spirituality because of the fear that we will have to give up too many worldly pleasures. Such fears stem from an unduly negative focus in spiritual life. Let’s see how.
In order to stay away from temptations, many of us use our moral conscience that tells us it is the right thing to do and our philosophical conviction that tells us it is the beneficial thing to do.
This moral and philosophical discernment is necessary; without it, self-restraint often becomes an exercise in meaningless and purposeless self-torture. However, discernment is necessary, but not sufficient. With discernment, we recognize self-restraint to be right and beneficial, but don’t experience it to be joyful.
That’s why the Bhagavad-gita (02.61) urges us to complement discernment with engagement. When we engage ourselves in service to Krishna, then spiritual happiness becomes a concrete reality and a living experience. Service to Krishna is not restricted to activities that are externally, directly connected to him. Even our worldly responsibilities can become a service to Krishna if we keep him in our hearts and strive to do those responsibilities as devotional offerings to him.