By: Keyur Seta
One of the most important messages of the Bhagavad Gita is to work without bothering about rewards or fruits of action while surrendering all your efforts to God or the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna.
But is this theory applicable in today’s times? Whether or not ancient epics or texts are relevant in the modern era has been a debate since long. However, if you try to delve deep into the meaning of the Gita or any ancient literature for that matter, you will realize that it is completely relevant today and will remain so till life exists.
Here is an example people of today’s era would be able to relate with. Often, people opt for a particular job just because of good money on offer, without being passionate about the work. This ensures a good amount of satisfaction in the initial period. But as time passes by, the satisfaction keeps reducing. The job becomes mechanical because apart from money, there will be nothing a person can take back from it.
Many might ask – What else do you require from a job apart from a fat salary? Well, we should not forget that we are human beings and not machines. No human can be devoid of emotions. And from emotions comes the need for passion. Hence, we require passion in whatever we do. Else, what will be the difference between a person and a machine, whose job is just to keep producing products?
Seriously, how many people are happy with their jobs today? Most of the people I meet hate working. As soon as they enter office, they wait for the day to end. They are super sad on Mondays and cheerful on Fridays and Saturdays. As far as Sundays are concerned, they are happy in the mornings but start sulking since evening. This is how the phrase ‘Monday Morning Blues’ came into existence.
The reason for their condition is simple – They are working only for money. But then, what can be a practical solution for this? This is where the aforementioned message from the Gita comes in handy. The only solution to this is to not think about money and keep dedicating all your work to the Lord.
While carrying out your work, just think that your only aim is to please the Lord. This will ensure that your work will become sadhana or worship. Then automatically you will derive satisfaction from whatever you do. If you don’t worship Krishna, you can think of any other God, or even a Guru for that matter.
Working without thinking about money shouldn’t be confused with working for free. It also doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be bothered about money and be ready to work for low wages. It simply means that one should not solely keep the monetary factor in mind.
One might ask whether this can be done even for someone engaged in clerical work. Actually, no work should be considered lower. If whatever you are doing is legal and if you are sure you are not hurting someone, you have all the right to feel proud of your work.
Once, Swami Vivekananda genuinely praised a cobbler saying that it is because of him that people are able to roam around without feeling the heat of the earth. Suddenly, the cobbler developed self-respect for himself and his work, which he clearly lacked earlier.
It’s that simple.