Do you remember what Krishna tells us in the Bhagwad Gita? When was the last time you read Krishna's words? How wonderful to be able to call the supreme being by his name. Krishna, the wise. Krishna, the playful.
Krishna tells us simply to do our work. He does not tell us to do productive work, to do work that enables us to make the most money, gain the most prestige, make a fortune so that we can then force our children into molds that they do not wish to enter into. Krishna tells us above all to be fearless and do our work. To do the work that is rightfully ours. Furthermore you will recall that Krishna asks us to let go of any intention behind the work, to have no fruits of the work in mind. We simply engage in work that is right for us.
Now let us examine our lives. How do we live and work? Aren't these the same thing? Is it possible to live whole lives without work that is whole? Of course not! So why are we working long, miserable hours at work that is meaningless, that reduces us rather than enhances us at the end of the day? Is it not for a misconception, a lack of understanding?
The problem is that when and as we work we have the end in mind. I must work long, I must work tirelessly, even though the work I do is just busy work, moving papers around or programming computers to enable people half way around the world to buy more useless things that they don't need and that they will throw away in the garbage in a year. Work like that, typical work, is not work that is right for us. It is not worthy of thinking and feeling human beings. It does not utilize each of our special talents, our innate and individual genius.
To begin the process of creating whole lives on our planet we need to return to right work. Let us embrace work that is meaningful to us, that expresses our personality, that allows of kindness and charity, that makes us more integrated into our societies. Much of modern work does not meet these basic requirements. So we need a revolution in our work. How we conceive of work needs to change. I am convinced that together we can do this, make this sea change happen, in our lifetimes.
Posted by Abhay Burjor Ghiara at 7/09/2014