At the present moment our consciousness is that we are working for our own sense gratification. When this consciousness will be changed, that we work for satisfying Krsna, then our lives will be complete. You haven't got to change your work or position

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Conversations and Morning Walks

1972 Conversations and Morning Walks

At the present moment our consciousness is that we are working for our own sense gratification. When this consciousness will be changed, that we have to work for satisfying Kṛṣṇa, then our lives will be complete. You haven't got to change your work or position. But when you understand that you have to work, not for your personal sense gratification, but for satisfaction of Kṛṣṇa, that is Kṛṣṇa Consciousness. So there is no question of changing your position. Changing your consciousness, that is the question.

Devotee 1: Prabhupāda, you've said in past lecture that for one who wants to take up bhakti, the work that you're engaged in is not stopped. This has been a source of confusion for myself and maybe other people. Could you sort of delineate what is meant by that?

Devotee 2: (repeating) If you work... you take up bhakti, if your work is not stopped...

Prabhupāda: No, bhakti that what we are defining. Bhakti, definition of bhakti means (Verse ref) That is bhakti. Try to understand what is bhakti. You are following me? Now you come sit. You come forward. You come forward. Try to understand what is bhakti. Bhakti means, we have no other desire than to satisfy Kṛṣṇa. That is bhakti. Just like Arjuna. Arjuna satisfied Kṛṣṇa by fighting. And he became a pure devotee. On the battlefield, Arjuna was hesitating. "What is the use of killing my own men? My family men, my brothers, my nephews, my grandfathers, all on the other side." And you have to fight with them. Fight with them and to kill them. So he was hesitating. He was a warrior, very great warrior, he knew, "When I fight I shall kill them. Although they have come to fight with me, they do not know. But I know. They are my men. So why shall I fight with them? Let them enjoy. I don't want." That was confused feeling. But after understanding Bhagavad-gītā, when he came to the understanding that it is his duty to satisfy Kṛṣṇa, so he sacrificed his own conviction that he would not kill his men. He satisfied Kṛṣṇa. By the same art, he was warrior. So he did not change his position. After reading Bhagavad-gītā, he did not become a Vedantist or went away to Himalaya for yoga practice and give up the fight in battlefield. No. He did not change. But he changed his consciousness. That is bhakti.

At the present moment our consciousness is that we are working for our own sense gratification. When this consciousness will be changed, that we have to work for satisfying Kṛṣṇa, then our lives will be complete. You haven't got to change your work or position. But when you understand that you have to work, not for your personal sense gratification, but for satisfaction of Kṛṣṇa, that is Kṛṣṇa Consciousness. So there is no question of changing your position. Changing your consciousness, that is the question.