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Motivation to serve Krishna

The Gita seems to say that action with view to a personal outcome is incorrect. All action must be a devotion to God, but sometimes it is difficult to find motivation. When bills have to be paid and children fed, it is difficult to think about devotion to Him, although I try. Any pointers, please? What if, after all that I practice in my own life, there are still failings. Why shouldn’t one just give up?

Our Answer(s):

It's true that work for fruitive results is not recommended in the Bhagavad-gita, because that will result in another temporary, miserable, material body. Thus, in Bhagavad-gita 3.9, we see that Krishna recommends work as sacrifice for Lord Vishnu.

Before that in Chapter 2, verses 12-30, He makes it clear that we are spiritual souls, not these bodies, and so on that platform it is reasonable not to act for the pleasure of the bodily senses.

It is always helpful to think of the Lord as the proprietor of your home, and your family members as His eternal servants. Then you can perform the activities of maintaining them as service to Krishna.

Offer all the food you prepare to Krishna. Get together with your family members for sometime and chant Hare Krishna in the evening or morning.

Some householders also have Deities of Krishna and perform some daily worship. All these things are meant to help us absorb our consciousness in thoughts of service to Krishna. With practice, in time, this will become our habitual way of thinking.

We're all spiritual beings, eternal servants of Krishna, so it's only natural that we should think and act this way. You should never give up your spiritual practice. It's the one area of activity that guarantees ultimate success in life—even if you think you're not practicing perfectly. Krishna appreciates your efforts.