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Mixing spirituality with practicality

November 9, 2020

Hare Krishna!

No one is free from responsibilities and endeavoring to gain insights beyond the common perception distinguishes a man of Intelligence.

Krishna Bhatija, a student of Chemical engineering is presenting his insight on how he views his curriculum through a spiritual vision in the following article:-

 

KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS THROUGH THE LENS OF A CHEMICAL ENGINEER

 

Science means analyzing, quantifying things to get some result hence they are experimentally verified facts. Scientific means what is stated or what is truth, what is useful that we apply in our practical life. So, Lord Krishna gave us the manual of life i.e. Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna for the benefit of all of us and Arjuna applied it practically in his life & became successful. In fact, Sri Krishna came in Kali Yuga as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu & practically demonstrated how to utilise the principles of Bhagavad Gita to make our life successful. Hence, this Krishna Consciousness movement is a scientific movement.

 

I’m a chemical engineer & I have tried to relate concepts from my field to Krishna Consciousness in this article. Just like water exists in its true original nature as a liquid but under the influence of the external environment it exists as gas (vapor) or solid (ice) but its true natural state remains the same. Same way according to the bonafide scriptures we are the spirit soul, part & parcel of Krishna but under the influence of modes of material nature we are identifying ourselves with the body.

We regularly make flow sheets to show how the chemical processing plant will run in which we first fix the desired output then do material balances and calculations and look at references to decide the input to be given to the plant. The desired output of our life is that we want to go back to godhead for which we look at scriptures like Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam which tell us that the input is that we have to perform Devotional Service or Bhakti Yoga to Krishna under the guidance of a bonafide spiritual master.

 

A Catalyst is one which increases rate of a reaction i.e. it converts the reactants faster into products without itself undergoing any change. We need to perform Devotional Service under the guidance of a bonafide spiritual master who acts as a catalyst in our life to help reach our goal of life faster without himself changing the teachings he received from his spiritual master who received this knowledge from his spiritual master & so on.

 

Krishna Consciousness basically means being conscious of Sri Krishna always. Therefore, we maybe in any field but we can utilize the knowledge of our field to connect others & ourselves to Krishna & remain

Krishna Conscious always & finally attain the goal of human life i.e. to go back to godhead.

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