‘Hard work, commitment, focus, claims the Bhagavad Gita, will get you whatever rewards you desire, in whatever quest you pursue, within reason. Therefore it is important to choose your quest well.’
‘We are non-stop consumers. The Mind constantly chews emotion, the intellect eats ideas, and the ego devours any experience it believes will make it feel whole, adequate happy.’ James Swartz in the Atma Bodha
Do we work in order to consume more, or to make a contribution back to the field?
I am a parent of 3 young boys, I need to work to earn a living, and I above all am committed to nondual self knowledge. Sometimes all I really want to do is run off to an ashram and meditate or study scripture.
However, I know my svadharma as a parent requires me to do what needs to be done, without attachment to results, to attain the highest good. This means being available as a parent in a way that my sons need me, while at the same time adhering to my spiritual needs and earning a reasonable living. It’s not an either or scenario.
I can't be the best parent I need to be if I negate my spiritual self.