Yoga: Bhakti Yoga

                                                                  Questions Preface: Thanks so much for all the inspiration you have given me in Krishna consciousness through your lectures and the Q&A forum. I have a question regarding the differences between bhakti yoga and nishkama karma yoga on the platform of knowledge (detached from work and fruits of the work, but still performing work as per Krishna's injunctions in chapter 3). It seems that sometimes these two terms are used interchangeably and sometimes they are distinguished. Based on this, I have a few questions:

                                                                  Q. Why don't I like to study or, in general, do my prescribed duty? I do not enjoy doing any work. Why do I feel great pain while doing that?  I see that other friends and devotees easily absorb their minds in their works and do it but I am not able to absorb my mind. I do not find in myself any creativity.

                                                                  Please tell what the reason is for this and cure for it.

                                                                  This strong aversion or inertia for action should be understood to be the effect of material infection, due to tamo-guna. Krishna describes the strange effects of this mode of nature in BG Chapter 14. This inertia is opposite to the nature of spirit, for the spirit soul by nature is always active.

                                                                  Q. 1. I have heard the concept that the body changes, but what makes us eternal and who we really are, the soul, never does. I accept this as fact, of course. However, I am uncertain about the soul never changing. I am 38 years of age now and I am not the same person I was spiritually, mentally, emotionally, as I was when I was 28 or 18.

                                                                  Q. 2. I understand that a lot of that has to do with life's experience and conditioning; but if that is the case, then how do we determine who we are as a soul as opposed to who we are based on maya's influence?

                                                                  Q. Recently I am applying for jobs. Unfortunately I am not able to link "WORKING" (i.e. getting a job) with Krishna. I tried many different analogies: like working to buy new clothes for Krishna, working to make food for Krishna, working to keep the home clean for Krishna...but I think that my husband's earnings are enough to do these things. I grew up with a very strong academic background. My mind cannot even think of being a staying-at-home mom. But if I just try to get a job for my satisfaction, I am not at peace. My mind is only at peace when I can do things for Krishna.

                                                                  1. Is there a verse in the Bhagavad-gita which literally says that we should offer the fruit of our work (hard-earned money from our jobs, profession) to Krishna? If yes, kindly point out the verse for me.
                                                                  2: What is the difference between surrendering our work to Krishna, and surrendering the fruit of our work to Krishna?