The Secret of Work

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The Secret of Work
A Summary from the lecture of
Swami Vivekananda
Different levels of help
• Spiritual Help
• Intelluctual Help
• Physical Help
Spiritual Help
• Why is Spiritual help Superior to other helps?
• His wants are removed forever. So helping
man spiritually is the highest help that can be
given.
• Spirituality is the true basis of all our activites
in life. A spiritually strong man will be strong
in every other aspect if he wishes.
Intellectual Help
• Why is Intellectual help Superior to physical
help?
• Life is of little value if it is a life in the dark
groping through ignorance and misery.
We must not make a mistake of concluding
that physical help is the only help that can be
given
Bhagavad Gita on Work
• Commands to work incessantly.
• But every has both good and evil.
• Good and evil produce effects that return in
form of good and evil (karma) and are a
bondage to the soul.
• Solution reached in Gita is : non-attachment
to work
Samskara
• Samskara- Inherent tendency (nearest
translation)
• Any wave that rises in the mind does not die
out completely, but leave a mark and a future
possibility of its reoccurrence. This is called
Samskara
• The sumtotal of the Samskaras is Character
Different levels of Character
• Bad (bad impressions working. Compelled to
do bad)
• Bad + good
• Good ( established like a tortoise + control
over sense organs and nerve centers)
• Desire for liberation ( higher than the above 3)
(golden chain is as much a chain as an iron
one)
The way to go about
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Counteract bad tendencies with good ones
Then conquer the good tendencies also
Thus “attached” becomes “unattached”
Work but not let the action or thought
produce a deep impression on the mind.
Attached-Unattached-Master-Slave
The Mechanism
• “ The whole of nature is for the soul, not the
soul for nature “ (Sankhya Philosophy)
• We forget this and think we are nature and get
attached to it
• When this attachment comes work forms
deep impressions on the mind
• Deep impressions force us to do things good
or bad ( So slavery)
Gist
• Work like a master, not a slave
True love
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Every act of love brings happiness
Sat-Chit-Ananda – Existence-Knowledge-bliss
Existence- becomes relative we see the world
Knowledge- knowledge of things of the world
Bliss- foundation for all true love known to the
heart of a man
• So true love can never react as to cause pain
to either the lover or the beloved
Being unattached- Is it easy??
• When you have succeeded in loving your
husband, your wife, your children, the whole
world, the universe in such a manner that there is
no reaction of pain or jealousy, no selfish feeling,
then you are in a fit state to be unattached.
• To attain this unattachment is almost a life-work,
but as soon as we attain this point, we have
attained the goal of love and become free.
• Attachment comes only when we expect a
return
• There are two things which guide the conduct
of men: might and mercy
Looking upon work as “ Worship”
• Requirement- belief in personal god
• Give up all fruits unto the Lord
• No right to expect anything from the mankind
for work we do because that is worship.
• The two stories of unselfishness
Conclusion
• Karma Yoga means ; even at the point of death
to help anyone without asking questions
• Never vaunt of your gifts to the poor or expect
their gratitude, but rather be grateful to them
for giving you occasion of practicing charity to
them

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