PURE DEVOTEES AND MATERIALISTIC SOCIETY
Srila Thakur Bhaktivinode
Do swan like persons engage only in spiritual activities and neglect material activities? No. Swanlike persons worship Krishna in the mood of one who is enjoyed, and they boldly take care of the external body. Eating, sleeping, enjoying, traveling, exercising, protecting society, protecting the body, riding in vehicles, engaging in industrial enterprises, and walking in the open air are seen in the lives of swanlike persons.(Śrī Krishna-samhitā, chapter 10/12)The swanlike vaisnavas valiantly remain and work among men. They are the shelter of women, and are respected by them. They take part in social activities and gain much experience. They teach their children artha-śāstra, and thus become known as headmasters.
(Śrī Krishna-samhitā, chapter 10/13)—
Sundarananda Vidyavinode. Bhaktivinode-vānī-vaibhava.English translation by Bhumipati Das. Touchstone Media.Vrindavan. 2002.