Question: Balancing Spirit and Matter
I'm studying engineering, and it's okay. But at the same time it's difficult, because I am associating with materialistically minded people, even though I try to associate with them only insomuch as is necessary. The difficulty is that I'm exposed to so many materialistic ideas. How can I balance my spiritual practices in Krishna consciousness with my material duties?
Answer: Sixteen Rounds of Japa Before Sunrise
The balance formula is to chant 16 quality rounds every day before sunrise and to strictly follow the regulative principles. If you do these things, you will be fixed in Krishna consciousness in spite of your mundane association.