Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Work is Worship !!

I met a friend yesterday and he was mentioning to me that his father has been working for a company for the last 62 years !! He has almost never taken a day off in his entire career and has been attending work religiously 6 days a week. I was at a loss for words at this level of dedication and passion for work.

It reminded me of the path described in the Bhagvad Geeta (to know more, please google on Bhagvad Geeta) where Lord Krishna talks about Karma Yoga. He says that one sure way to attain immortality / Nirvana is to dedicate oneself to ones work without expectation of any reward. The attitude described is similar to one of worship. While one is worshiping God, one needs to be sincere and focussed. One has to be religiously regular and should do the act of worship with a feeling of love and have no expectations for the service done.

If one chooses to work in this manner, then irrespective of what work one is doing, it can be described as worship. And such a type of worship surely qualifies one for the "Ultimate", as affirmed by the Lord Himself. If one works in this manner success is guaranteed !!

Choose a job / career based on your skills & knowledge and work sincerely. No work is bad / low. Any work which is assigned to one has to be treated with utmost respect and be given full attention and focus. One should do ones best in the given job. If we treat work as worship, then we do not need to go to places of worship separately. Going to work is good enough as God is present everywhere (even in the work place).

Yes, indeed work is worship.

1 comment:

Sonal Raisinghani said...

I salute your friends fathers dedication and passion for work.
But is it possible these days to maintain such high levels of dedication to work..?
Break from work is needed.