Texas Faith 17: $ex in the office

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Dallas Morning News,

Each week we will post a question to a panel of about two dozen clergy, laity and theologians, all of whom are based in Texas or are from Texas. They will chime in with their responses to the question of the week. And you, readers, will be able to respond to their answers through the comment box.

David Letterman dramatically confessed on his "Late Show" program that he had been the target of an extortion attempt having to do with sexual affairs he had with office subordinates. The Letterman affair -- or, so to speak, affairs -- has caused a lot of talk about the ethics of office romances, especially between supervisors and subordinates.

We asked the Texas Faith panel this week:

If your friend confided that his boss's ongoing affair with a co-worker greatly troubles him, how would you advise him to handle the situation?

Read on to see how our panelists respond:

NITYANANDA CHANDRA DAS, minister of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness), Dallas

I would first try to help person come to the spiritual platform of consciousness.

What must an adulterer do to continue adultery without causing suspicion? Generally such person will be more dutiful at home and at the job as to not cause any suspicion. So although they may behaving like a loving spouse, their mind is completely engrossed in thinking of another lover. This scenario is good analogy of a pure devotee of God. A pure devotee of God works in this world, perhaps more harder than the average Joe. However although he is working in the world his heart is always on God. So that would be my first endeavor, to help that person to come to the spiritual platform. On platform of Bhakti, a loving relationship with God, God protects the soul so that he/she may progress nicely.

Now on to the next issue. Would I suggest to my friend that he/she should inform the authorities? Depends on the details, but most likely I would lean on the side of informing on the principle of honesty.

Hare Krishna :)

Your humble servant,

Nityananda Chandra Das

To see all the responses from the Texas Faith Panel click here