We need not leave family and go to forest for spiritual effort

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We need not leave family and go to forest for spiritual effort

You are working day and night for the welfare of your family. Then, is it not your duty to work for their eternal spiritual welfare? By this if your family members become devotees, they will not oppose you, instead, they will support you. Even if you leave the family and go out, you have to live in association of devotees only. Ignorant people leave the house and go to forest where even the normal behavior of human beings is not seen and instead they see the animals and birds, which are always trying and fighting for food.

Shankara left His mother and did not go to forest. He went to Shri Govinda Bhagavat Pada to have spiritual association. Through out His life, He was wandering in the world only with spiritual debates. I do not understand the significance of forests in the spiritual field. If you say that peaceful atmosphere exists in forests, it is zero. Plus which is the association with devotees and Satguru is far better than zero. Zero is only better than minus which is the disturbance in the world.

— Shri Dattaswami