Duty to Family and Duty to God


In my life I faced rejection from my work field. So I did not have a good job for long time. I could not earn much. At the age of 40 I felt rejection and stopped looking jobs because of fear of loosing. Now I am doing some internet things and making a life. As in India I could not earn much. Now in the age of 53 I wanted to seek the path of spirituality. But the thoughts about my duty to earn a fortune is giving a guilty feeling. I can be satisfied with what I have, but my family... How do I proceed?

—Raju, india


Dear Raju,

Thank you for your question. I’m sorry to hear of your difficult past. I’m glad that the Internet is helping you to make a living.

I appreciate the dilemma you’re in. When considering duty, we have to balance our duty to our family with our duty to God. We must do all that we can to help our families financially, without sacrificing our spiritual lives.

Swami Kriyananda writes that he has always made inner peace his “bottom line”. Consider living this way: ask yourself, what can I do to increase my inner peace — for that is the truest wealth that we have to share with others.

You may be interested in Swamiji’s course, Success and Happiness through Yoga Principles, specifically Lesson 2: How to Magnetise Money, which is available for free.

God bless you, Raju.