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Posted on: 06 Nov 2018
O Learned and Devoted Servants of God,

Ms. Thalla Laxmi Thryloka asked: Namah Shivaya Swami! I'm Thalla Laxmi Thrylokya, a final year B.Tech student from Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore. Being a student of Dr.Nikhil Kothurkar Sir, I'm fortunate to know about Brahmavidya and receive teachings directly from him. I started evolving in rapid pace since the day I met Nikhil Sir. He is one person who feels suffocated when we praise him for who he is and gives all the credit to you.

I'm attracted to the teachings of our beloved Amma Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. I thought I could never surrender to anyone. Reading your Divine Discourses is helping me realize my limitations and helplessness in a human life. I don't say I have completely surrendered but I'm making an effort. Can't thank you enough for giving your knowledge.

Right now, I'm in final year of college and this is the peak time to choose a right career path for myself. I have always weighed a job profile with it's capacity to support my spiritual growth. With my limited knowledge, I have designed a block diagram of possible career choices for myself that is attached to this mail. But for Civil Services, I wasn't open to other career options due to rigidity in mind. Now, I realized that a human incarnation can navigate my life better towards liberation. Help me out by telling me the right career path for me and I'm willing to p     ut my maximum effort to achieve it. I have to sustain myself and also seek spiritual progress. I'll be thankful even if there is no response from your side in this aspect. I have zero expectations. Forgive me if this causes any inconvenience to you. I'm always grateful to you and your Divine knowledge. Thank you. Sincerely waiting for your reply.

Swami replied: First, you have to sustain yourself. For this, you are working hard to get a degree with a good level of achievement so that it fetches you a job. Apart from pursuing this main activity, only a little time remains with us. Yet any student definitely has some leisure time remaining, which is usually spent on some entertainment activities. You can divert that leisure time to study spiritual knowledge. Since spiritual knowledge gives you joy, it can be treated as entertainment, which simultaneously uplifts you. Other entertainments serve the purpose of providing a temporary diversion from our main work but other than that petty purpose, they are of no use to you. They cannot help you in getting established in your materialistic life. Even to get established in your materialistic life, the grace of God is necessary, which comes by your true devotion. True devotion, in turn, can only be generated by true spiritual knowledge. Hence, studying spiritual knowledge is the first step, which is very essential. The postponement of the spiritual activity to one’s old age is not correct since we never know when this human life will burst like a short-lived water bubble!

You can choose any field you like and I assure you that you will shine in that field. God Datta is omnipotent and He can make you shine anywhere at any time. In that situation, you can select the field as per your desire. The potency of God Datta is not limited. It is not that He can bless you only in a specific line and only in a specific time!

 
   

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