Prajalpa is one of the six activities that can spoil one's devotional service if one becomes too much entangled in them
One's devotional service is spoiled when they become too entangled in the following 6 Activities
- Eating more than necessary and collecting funds more than required
- Overendeavoring for mundane things that are difficult to obtain
- Talking unnecessarily about mundane subject matters
- Practicing scriptural and other rituals only for the sake of following them and not for the sake of spiritual advancement or rejecting rules of scriptures and working independently or whimsically
- Associating with worldly minded persons who are not interested in Krishna Consciousness
- Being greedy for mundane achievements
Therefore the Vedic principles teach us to follow the 4 goals of family life in this world of Kalug –dharma (religious principles and righteous actions, artha –economic development, Kama –sense gratification and moksha –liberation. According to Vedic wisdom, the secret of happiness in a household life is to balance and regulate the pursuance of these four goals…
"Without discipline or proper understanding of these four principles nobody can become happy". Happiness and distress are experienced by all of us as a result of interaction with the forces of nature, which influence us in different ways according to the three modes of nature goodness, passion and ignorance.
The pursuit of dharma elevates the soul to mode of goodness, the symptoms of which are happiness and knowledge
Unrestricted economic development is driven by mode of passion, which induces us to work hard to try to fulfil our material desires and this mode has unlimited desires
Overindulgence in sense gratification, in mode of passion, can lead to mode of ignorance which makes us feel lazy, dull and mentally disturbed which then subsequently degrades the soul and obstructs spiritual advancement.
Householders can elevate themselves from modes of ignorance and passion to mode of goodness and thus become happy and peaceful by regulating their artha –economic development and Kama –sense gratification.
Actually, life begins with dharma then artha –because following dharma you acquire money, artha. Artha is required not sinfully but properly. Dharma artha and Kama since we have senses, we require satisfying our senses. Artha is required for sense gratification but for that artha must be based on dharma. When we get all four dharma-artha-kama-moksha then one actually becomes wise, and no longer attracted by sense gratification.
However to live in this kalyug age, following above in a regulated way is the only way to progress and attain peace and happiness and progress towards spiritual advancement.
It is not possible for human beings to imitate some great sages or the lord but one can follow some of the activities. It is said that the peaceful early morning hours are great to chant because one can be peacefully situated in mode of goodness, which is conducive for remembering Krsna throughout the day. But doing it anytime is also good each day.
In Kalyug age everything is topsy turvy therefore we have been asked to do one thing simple wherever we fall short in following dharma due to chaotic influence of age of Kali, we can achieve the same result of self-realisation by simply chanting Hare Krishna maha mantra. In this way, we will be able to purify our heart and understand one's position even better…
HARE KRSNA, HARE KRSNA, KRSNA KRSNA, HARE HARE;
HARE RAMA, HARE RAMA, RAMA RAMA, HARE HARE.