What is my Dharma in regards to work?

Question

Hello there. I’m having a problem considering whether to join for a nightshift work, or not. I believe meditation can be the key here, but I’m afraid whether a nightshift work may cause problems to me spiritually. Please do answer. Thank you.

—Kailash, India

Answer

Dear Friend, Kailash:

I assume the attraction to the night shift is to earn extra money? As you have not stated that as a fact nor yet the circumstances that might suggest a compelling need to work the night shift, I would suggest you follow your own instincts and intuition along the lines of your concern that working nights may prove detrimental to your spiritual practices and life.

To those who keep their priority on the soul’s journey to freedom, Krishna and all the great ones promise rewards far in excess of our efforts. Material rewards are like clouds that come and go. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things (our material needs) will be added unto you.” These famous words of Jesus ring true for all who would seek the “truth that shall make us free.”

Blessings to you!

Nayaswami Hriman