Beating the System

In some ways email is beating the (telephone) system. But the way of really beating the system is to not be part of it, or as the Bible says, “Be in the world, but not of it.” This maxim is a simple way of summing up the yukta vairagya principle of using material things in a spiritual way, and not being part of the world even while acting in it. This is also said tersely in Krishna’s instructions to Arjuna in Bhagavad-gita As It Is 4.18: “One who sees inaction in action, and action in inaction, is intelligent among men, and he is in the transcendental position, although engaged in allsorts of activities.”