What do the Vedas and Bhagavad Gita ask to do when someone wants to devote himself completely to God and can give away material success and happiness for it? If so, how can the person earn a living for 2 times food and other basic needs?

For more details, consider a hypothetical Indian boy:

The boy graduated with B.E. Computer this year and was a topper in all years of graduation. He's of age 22 and previously did not believe in god. He did Computer Engineering due to his attraction to computers. He enjoyed doing programming. He got a selected in a renowned company through campus interview and had good salary.

But he left the company in some months due to few reasons. In the past year, he was occupied by thoughts like why does everything exists, what is the purpose of everything, how did first living cell form, why do all species want to survive, how could complex architectures like Ajanta-Ellora, Pyramids and other be built if the ancient people were less advanced, and many such questions, and he took these questions seriously.

After trying to search a lot of places, he was influenced by Vedas. He started believing in things other than just physical, specifically spiritual. He then read Bhagavad Gita and became a complete believer in God and message of Gita.

He realized that all the things he knew about computers was mere information, and not knowledge. True knowledge lies in Vedas, bhagavad gita, bhagavad purana, etc. He started to live a much simpler life, started giving up things giving bodily pleasures. He did not like doing programming as he used to do before. He now wishes to read and understand the Upanishads, the 4 Vedas, etc. He now seeks happiness is learning more from these.

But he worries that how will he earn money to have food for 2 times a day and other little things. He does not want to do a IT job again and want to give up material way of living.

What should he do?

closed as off-topic by Alexander S King, virmaior Nov 16 '15 at 19:50

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    Welcome to Philosophy, SE. This question doesn't seem to have anything to do with Philosophy as an academic discipline. The way you posed it, I don't think it even qualifies for the Hinduism SE. You will have to heavily revise it in order for it to be accepted. – Alexander S King Nov 16 '15 at 18:26
  • I agree. If we had a LifeAdvice.SE this would fit nicely, but at it is I'm not sure it belongs anywhere. – commando Nov 16 '15 at 18:27
  • he should save up some money and travel to the far east for a trip of a lifetime. – nir Nov 16 '15 at 20:29
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    Workplace.SE might actually have something to say about this, though you would probably want to phrase it differently. – Cort Ammon Nov 16 '15 at 20:53
  • First I would like to encourage the boy to make a clear diagnosis of his situation. Apparently he is disappointed from his current way of life: Disappointment about computer engineering itself or disappointed about the present job and the work in the present company? If he really wants to become a college professor he must continue his university study, to obtain a master degree and even a PhD. That’s a long way and presupposes a strong interest in academic research. Of course, he can earn the necessary living and study fees by a part-time job, e.g. working as freelancer computer engineer. – Jo Wehler Nov 16 '15 at 21:07

There are many philosophers (and perhaps even a few theologians) in the field of programming, so the two aren't intrinsically incompatible.

If, however, the "boy" is interested in wholly devoting himself to religion, and if his material needs are modest, perhaps he should consider joining a religious order, or pursuing religious education, or seeking a job with a religious community service organization. There's no particular reason to pursue material success if he no longer finds it meaningful.

  • Thanks a lot. Can you please name a few religious community service organisations where a JOB can be seeked? – user5155835 Nov 17 '15 at 4:34
  • Also, since the boy lives in India, any in India? – user5155835 Nov 17 '15 at 4:43

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