Thursday, 28 January 2016

Everyone should be trained up to give service

Yogeśvara: Can the older boys be trained in a particular kind of devotional service? For example, press work?
Prabhupāda: Oh, yes, everything is devotional. Śravaṇaṁ kīrtanaṁ viṣṇoḥ smaraṇaṁ pāda-sevanam [SB 7.5.23], there are varieties. We are not Māyāvādī, impersonalists, finished, all business. It is not like that. So whatever business is going on in our movement, everything should be taught according to the capacity, boys or girls, it doesn't matter. Some department is suitable for the boys, some department are suitable for the girls. In this way, they should be trained up. But everyone should be trained up to give service. That is Gurukula.

Room Conversation -- July 31, 1976, New Mayapur (French farm)

Few grown up boys of our Varnashrama college went to nearby jungle to collect woods for fuel. After getting trained they will go regularly turn-wise. On their first day, they did everything by themselves – setting oxen to cart, yoking them, walking them, cutting & collecting the woods.
Generally people think that the farm living is very difficult and austere, but one of it's aspects is that it's very adventurous and joyful, as these boys are demonstrating.
Hare Krishna
Jai Srila Prabhupada

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