Does persuing my future studies in the UNITED STATES hinder my Sadhana ? (PLEASE REPLY)

Does persuing my future studies in the UNITED STATES hinder my Sadhana ? (PLEASE REPLY)Category: QuestionsDoes persuing my future studies in the UNITED STATES hinder my Sadhana ? (PLEASE REPLY)
SANKARSHAN asked 5 years ago

HARE KRSNA Prabhu, Please accept my respectful obeisances. I am current about complete my MBBS degree from a prestegious institute. Everyday mangalarathi, JAPA, bhagavata seva is going nicely. But I am worried about the future, I have got an oppertunity to pursue my post graduation degree in the United States, but i am afraid that landing on the american soil would hinder my progress in devotional service. From past few years i am associated with the Bangalore temple and progressing well in sadhana i am afraid it may decline. Is it possible to continue sadhana with the same spirit and enthusiasm as there are many problems faced there, like prasadam is unavailable, ISKCON with Srila PRABHUPAD in the center is rare, associations of devotees is rare, the american people are over endeavoring and WORKAHOLIC . I am perturbed at the very thought of it, How can i apply Sri Chitanya Mahaprabhu's guidelines (accept things favorable and rejecting thing unfavorable) in the current situation Please help. Hare krishna.

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Madhu Pandit Dasa Staff answered 5 years ago

Hare Krishna, evam parampara praptam imam rajarsayo viduh…. (BG – 4.2). So this Krishna conscious philosophy is coming down in the proper disciplic succession from the raja-rsis and for the people like raja-rishis as well. So, even in the midst of all materialistic allurements like the raja, one can be a rsi. There are many examples of this from Srimad-Bhagavatam and other vedic literatures and practically demonstrated to us by our beloved spiritual master Srila Prabhupada, who converted entire material world into to a Vaikunta/Goloka planet. He gave us sandwich program – morning sadhana, work, evening hearing, etc. By regularly following the above chalked out programme, over a period of time one would naturally come out victorious over maha-maya, thereby taking complete shelter of yoga-maya. Definitely, life is not only bed of roses until we become 100% pure devotee of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna; there could be many challenges on the path, pray to paramatma, who is caitya-guru with all earnestness and sincerity and direction follows instantly. Like a kabaddi game, we need to take calculated risks to preach Lord Chaitanya’s movement to every nook and corner of the world, now Lord has given this opportunity to you. Root yourself properly with sadhana and association of Srila Prabhupada, devotees then rest assured. Discuss more with the devotees with whom you are in touch with…. Hope this meets you in good health… Haribol….