Should We Fight for Our Rightful Benefits?

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Should We Fight for Our Rightful Benefits?

Postby backtohome » Sun Feb 14, 2010 1:05 pm

Question: Should We Fight for Our Rightful Benefits?

I have always followed the principle of working and not worrying about the fruit. My friends are however challenging me on this. They say that I should fight for my rightful benefits as a result of my work. They say not fighting for injustice done is also a crime as per Krishna, like Krishna made the Pandavas to fight for their rights.

Please enlighten me on this very crucial aspect of work and the fruit of work.

With Regards,


Answer: No. Fight Instead for Krishna's Benefit.

The attempt to work without attachment to the fruits of one's work is good. But the only way to truly do this is to not accept any money in exchange for one's work, which is of course high impractical in today's world. So how does one work then without getting entangled in the fruits of one's work? This is accomplished through the bhakti yoga system, i.e. offering the fruits of one's work to Krishna. In the bhakti yoga system one is not disinterested in the fruits of work. Rather the bhakti yogi is keen to make his work as fruitful as possible so that he can make the nicest possible offering to Krishna.

By carefully studying the Bhagavad-gita we can see that Arjuna was not concerned about his rightful claim to the kingdom. He was detached from the injustice of Duryodhana and was therefore not willing to fight. But when he understood after hearing from Krishna that the Lord wanted him to fight the battle, he was then willing and eager to fight with determination for the pleasure of Krishna.

So this should the mood of all the devotees of the Krishna consciousness movement. They should have no interest in striving for their personal sense gratification. From this they should be detached. But when it comes to the matter of pleasing Krishna by saving the suffering souls of this world from ignorance, they should be willing to fight with undying and unflinching vigor and determination for spreading this Krishna consciousness movement all over the world to put a stop to the gross injustice being committed by the materialistic leaders against the earth, the cows, the children, the earth, and all the other living beings.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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