Nothing is bad provided it is meant for Krsna's satisfaction. Atah pumbhir dvija-srestha varnasrama-vibhagasah. The varnasrama-vibhaga must be there. But what is the aim of varnasrama? Simply by becoming a brahmana he's successful? No. Nobody can become successful unless he satisfies Krsna. That is real success. Just like Arjuna did. By the military art, he satisfied Krsna. Similarly, by your vaisya-vrtti, krsi-go-raksya-vanijyam [Bg. 18.44], you can satisfy Krsna. By your brahmana-vrtti you can satisfy Krsna. Even by your sudra-vrtti you can satisfy Krsna. That possibility is here, that Krsna says sva-karmana tam abhyarcya. The aim should be how to satisfy Krsna. Doesn't matter whether you are a brahmana or a ksatriya. Krsna confirms it, api cet su-duracarah... No. Mam hi partha vyapasritya ye 'pi syuh papa-yonayah [Bg. 9.32]. Papa-yoni means below the vaisyas, the sudras, they are papa-yonis. Vaisyas also. Striyo vaisyas tatha sudras te 'pi yanti param gatim. So there is no impediment to approach Krsna because you are a sudra, or candala or woman or vaisya. No. Everyone can... That facility is there. Therefore our duty should be, "Never mind in whichever position I am posted. Let me satisfy Krsna." It is not that... Suppose we are worshiping Deity. That is the duty of brahmana; but somebody is called that "You cleanse this floor." So he should not think that "I am cleansing the floor; therefore I am lower than the person directly worshiping the Deity." No. Krsna's pleasure wanted. If Krsna sees that by washing the floor you are doing very nicely, Krsna is pleased: "Oh, you are nice." Similarly, one man is decorating Krsna with garland and... If Krsna is pleased, that is the main point. Not that because you are on the Deity room you are very elevated, and the other man who is cleansing the door, he is not elevated. No. Sri-vigraharadhana-nitya-nana-srngara-tan-mandira -marjanadau **. They are all equal. In whichever position you are, simply your endeavor should be how to please Krsna. That is wanted. Sva-karmana tam abhyarcya.
Also it is said, atah pumbhir dvija-srestha varnasrama-vibhagasah. Because generally we take divisions,
atah pumbhir dvija-srestha
Samsiddhi. Never mind what you are. Either you may be sannyasi or may be grhastha or may be brahmacari or a brahmana, a ksatriya, or vaisya, sudra. Never mind. Try to satisfy Krsna. Try to please Krsna. Then your life is successful. Otherwise, you are pramatta, mad. Nunam pramattah kurute vikarma [SB 5.5.4]. So long you shall remain a pramatta, you shall act just opposite function, and you'll be entangled. Therefore in the Bhagavad-gita it is said, yajnarthe karmanah anyatra karma-bandhanah. If you do not work for pleasing Krsna, then that work will entangle you in the cycle of birth and death.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.36-37 -- Vrndavana, September 29, 1976
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