Work / Action

08/13/2011 Comments Off on Work / Action

Work: exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something
Action: an act that one consciously wills and that may be characterized by physical or mental activity

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Work never degrades a man. Unselfish work is worship. All work is sacred. There is the story of the famous butcher-sadhaka (seeker) of the Mahabharata. He realised God in his butcher’s shop – through serving his parents. – Swami Sivananda

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When you work disinterestedly, without any thought of agency, and when you
surrender the works and their fruits as isvararpanam (offering to God), all karmas are transformed into yogic kriya (practice). Walking, eating, sleeping, answering the calls of nature, talking, etc. – all become offerings unto the Lord. –Swami Sivananda

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“According to one’s actions the fruit is reaped. Nevertheless, by the contemplation of the Supreme Being, fear withdraws. Whether in the company of saints and seekers after Truth or in solitude, in whatever way it mat be, you will have to invoke Him; otherwise freedom from the veil of ignorance cannot be won. Is it possible ever to bribe God? By cheating, you yourself alone will be cheated.” – Anandamayee Ma

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“Actions which are of a binding nature lose that nature when you do them with equanimity or evenness of mind through the help of pure reason, which has lost all attachment to sensual objects and which is resting in the self. You will have to cultivate and develop this pure reason and equanimity of mind.” – Swami Sivananda

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