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I quit for Krishna.

I am hesitant to post this because I am afraid I will fail. But I feel that by making it known even to those I don't know, I will have more motivation to succeed. Yesterday was the first day in 5 years that I have not had a cigarette. Today so far, I have been able to restrain. It sounds so silly even to me that I feel this is even a big deal or hard to overcome.
I just felt I needed to put it out there.
I've tried so many times to quit, always thinking, well, tomorrow I'll just have one less...but when the day comes that I should only have 2 or 3, the work day seems so long, or my hands are just idle...or, i forget! how convenient! So my husband and I decided that the only way to get this done is to just do it.
I just keep telling myself when I feel the urge or the :boredom: or idle hands that I don't need the cigarette, I need Krishna.
Has anyone else had a similar experience with quitting anything in order to live by the regulative principles?
Hare Krishna!
-Amanda Josephine

Hare Krsna Amanda! I think

Hare Krsna Amanda! I think Jogintas and Priya Tirupathi have already said everything but I'd just like to say well done! Krsna also says in the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna that "give up all varieties of religion and surrender unto Me". Surrender - we must surrender unto Krsna. One way of doing this can be to give up what is unfavourable and accept what is favourable. Smoking is very unfavourable since it is highly intoxicating. I'd like to share my personal experience - I have been a vegetarian all my life since I was born in a vegetarian family. The question of giving up eating meat and fish wasn't there for me because I never ate it to give it up. What I did give up, however, was eggs. Even though we were vegetarians, we still ate eggs. So I gave up eggs for Krsna, which also meant giving up a variety of other foods and finding alternative versions that were egg free (which, at first, was very hard). I understand that smoking is much, much harder to give up than just eggs and I am with you for that and I congratulate you. Krsna will see that you are doing this for Him, He will see that you want to be closer to Him and He will help you. Pray to Him sincerely to help you stop smoking and He will help you - don't forget that Krsna also wants devotees to go back home, back to Godhead!

I hope this helps.

Hare Krsna,

Thank you!

thank you to everyone who replied (I couldn't figure out how to just reply all). It's been a while since I've been on here. I am very happy to say that it's been nine months since my husband and I quit smoking and we've been very lucky we didn't fall of the wagon. I know we have been successful only because we did it for Krishna.

It's so nice to feel free.

Thank You, Krishna!

What else could be better than seeing devotees making yet another step for Krishna? These moments are what makes us believe, that the Hand of God is really helping us.

Hare Krishna to you and your husband, Amanda. May your faith stays firm regardless of the situation you two are in!

That's wonderful. Yes, as my

That's wonderful. Yes, as my guru maharaja says, "you give yourself the chance. Krsna lets you do whatever you want. You don't have to wait to find out if He gives you a chance. He is always giving you a chance to go to Him or to go away from Him, and whatever you want to do He will help you."

Never be afraid.

Hare Krishna Amanda! Never be afraid, when God is by your side, but if you think he's not, then plead him to be with you in those hard times. Belief alone can make you do anything, belief alone can make you not able to do anything. Because any doubt is created by no one else than ourselves. Destroy those barriers with unwavering trust in Krishna. You say, just do it, I say, just believe it. That's my way of solving things. Maybe you have already dropped, in any case, I hope this helps, I'll pray for your succession. Hare Krishna!
All the best,

Good on you

Hi Amanda
First of all, mighty congratulations on quitting it, even it has been for a short while now.I think it is a great step.Krsna tells Arjuna in the Gita that one can give up desire for sense gratification only when one experiences a superior taste.Otherwise the mind goes back to it.For e.g.if there is a child that is too michevious at home and the parents say, "Sit quietly". The child may sit for a short while, but will start playing again.But instead, if they send it to school, then he will stop his mischeif because he has now found better engagement.We work the same way.In our case, Krsna consciousness is the best engagement.So by taking up this habit of K.C and doing everything for Krsna, it becomes easier to give up any unwanted habit.

I have given up eating foodstuff cooked in places where they cook meat.Eating outside was something I was addicted to.Coffee,chocolates,chips,sushi,you name it.Now, I cook only for Krsna or eat Krsna prasadam outside either at temple or Hare KRsna restaurants.I have achieved this by increasing my attachment to Krsna.

I hope that we can keep in touch with Krsna always so that we don't fall down.Haribol.