Ethical quandaries abound for those hardy souls who, shunning the sheltered existence of a remote hermitage, aspire to practice spiritual ideals in the chiaroscuro of everyday life. How does one make a living while surrounded by insecure people who are themselves struggling to secure their own financial and other physical comforts ? Whom to trust and how much truth to disclose ? When should one take a principled stand and when should one just let go? One can be forced into some pretty disappointing and unsavoury choices in this ambiguous battle of life. In this article, we read the advice given by Sri Aurobindo to a disciple who was dismayed by the corrosive effect the legal profession was having on his soul.