What profiteth a man if he gains the whole world (Chapter 2 Text 40)
- Hare Krishna Friends,Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized
Ajamila performed his duty in some percentage of Krsna consciousness, but the result he enjoyed at the end was a hundred percent, by the grace of the Lord. There is a nice verse in this connection in Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.5.17):
tyaktva sva-dharmam caranambujam harer
bhajann apakvo 'tha patet tato yadi
yatra kva vabhadram abhud amusya kim
ko vartha apto 'bhajatam sva-dharmatah
"If someone gives up self-gratificatory pursuits and works in Krsna consciousness and then falls down on account of not completing his work, what loss is there on his part? And, what can one gain if one performs his material activities perfectly?" Or, as the Christians say, "What profiteth a man if he gain the whole world yet suffers the loss of his eternal soul?"
Material activities and their results end with the body. But work in Krsna consciousness carries a person again to Krsna consciousness, even after the loss of the body. At least one is sure to have a chance in the next life of being born again as a human being, either in the
family of a great cultured brahmana or in a rich aristocratic family that will give one a further chance for elevation. That is the unique
quality of work done in Krsna consciousness.........continued.
Source As It Is by HDG. A.C. BhaktiVedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada