Sunday, November 23, 2008

Serve without expectations !!

What is the purpose of life? A very difficult and controversial subject and for which every person has a different thought and opinions. Some people think that the purpose of life is to enjoy life to the fullest and be happy. Some think it is about being successful in ones chosen career or path. While yet others think that there is no such thing as "purpose of life" and we just need to live each day as it comes.

I agree with each view as each is correct in its own way and if pondered over deeply will lead us to the same truth.

My view of the purpose of life is to search for and attain God. Each of us has the same goal and yet we use different approaches / roads to arrive at the destination. In Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna says that God can be attained in a variety of ways and each one has to choose the path that suits the most. For some, it is the path of worship and for some it is the path of work.

If one has chosen work, it should be done selflessly and without any expectation of results. Expectations of results clouds ones thoughts and makes one less than perfect in the performance of work. Also, this expectation can lead us to joy or misery based on the result. If one chooses to work as if it is the same as worship, irrespective of the type of work being done, it is the best and quickest way to reach God.

Perform each work with love and derive satisfaction purely from the work well done. Appreciation or condemnation should not sway you from doing your work with passion and dedication. If this approach is used, you have arrived!! Satisfaction is always yours and with satisfaction, you have peace and when you have peace, can God be far behind?

1 comment:

CVS said...

Perform the work for the satisfaction of God or inner consciousness, not for the sake of boss or any one else... that is pure joy.