09.22: Reforming Our Priorities

by December 12, 2011

When faced with financial challenges, we often worry, “What do I live with?” When the bottom line doesn’t look good for our lifestyle, that situation may be the impetus required for us to look at the top line of our life: “What do I live for?”

The eleventh canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam describes the story of such a priority reformation, wherein a wealthy super-miser lost everything and everyone due to a series of disasters. While trying to make sense out of the loss of the ultimate means for living, he discovered the ultimate purpose for living: developing an eternal relationship with the Supreme Lord. Being enriched with this sense of purpose, he cast off the feelings of being impoverished – and went on to attain life’s ultimate fulfillment and success.

His experience of enrichment-in-impoverishment demonstrates the assurance of Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita (9.22): when we take care of the whys of life, the Lord takes care of the hows of life.


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  • tushar vora
    December 12, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Where are the why’s in that verse BG.9.22?

    • Chaitanya Charan das
      December 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      The first part of the verse talks about fixing the mind on Krishna undeviatingly and worshiping him wholeheartedly, or in other words, living to love him. That is the why of life.

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