The Secret of Work

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
• 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
• 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
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- Inherent tendency (nearest
• 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
• 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
The way to go about
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.
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)
• Work like a master, not a slave
True love
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
• 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
• 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

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