Vaishnava Culture: Varnashrama

                                                                  Q. As a householder we do not have to give up our job, but change our consciousness in doing it. One way of doing it is to donate a portion of the income coming from the job for Lord Shri Krishna's service and use the rest to maintain and raise the family in Krishna consciousness.

                                                                  Question Premise: It is said in the scriptures and Bhagavad-Gita that people should do only the work assigned to them according to the chatur-varna, and that chatur-varna is according to karma and not birth

                                                                  Q. I have heard that karma is counted only for those who are in human form and staying on earth. Can you elaborate on this?

                                                                  Bharata-varsha or the earthly realm is referred to as the field of activities, or karma bhumi. That is to say one gets the opportunity here to perform activities by which one can either accumulate pious credits or sinful reactions. In all the other realms, one is more or less expending their karmic account, good or bad.

                                                                  Q. Part 1: If at work, whether in business, education, or the military, etc., one is told to do something dishonest, is it the worker's responsibility to refuse an order or does the responsibility for that action fall upon the superior?

                                                                  Q. 1. What do the scriptures including the Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam have to say about "collective karma"? Our individual karma is generated by our own intentional and unintentional actions but what about the actions we perform as part of a group or as a society? Does responsibility get assigned to each one of us? Particularly, in the context of the planetary environment, we have collectively made impacts on the earth and are now seeing the consequences.

                                                                  Q. 1. In our pursuance of Vedic society in Krishna Consciousness, would it mean that I should stop working and manage only household activities or activities related to the temple, after marriage?

                                                                  Q. 2. In my limited interaction with the devotees, I have found devotees pursuing a job for sustenance and enjoying only things related to Krishna Consciousness. And couple of them have given up their further education in pursuance of Krishna Consciousness.