TOPIC: Work As Service
FROM THE HINDU SCRIPTURES
He, who living in this world of action attempts to refrain from action--he, who, enjoying the fruits of action of the acting world, would shirk from his share of the work and action of the world--he who would thus idle away his life lives a life most vain and shameful. He who profiteth by the turn of the wheel, at every moment of his life, yet refuseth to touch his hand to it to impart motion, is a shirker and a thief who takes, giving nothing in return.
But wise is he who acteth otherwise, and who perfrometh well his work of the world, providing that he be unattached to the fruits thereof and that he be always centered in the knowledge of the Real Self. ......Such action, springing from Duty, free from attachment or dependence, leadeth one straight to the consciousness and plane of Spirit.
FROM THE ZOROASTRIAN SCRIPTURES
Whoso, after becoming learned and
wise, after gaining insight into Faith,
FROM THE CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURE
Then the King will say to those on his right hand, "Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me." Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see the stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?" And the King will answer them, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me."
FROM THE BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES
The Buddha replied: "The bliss of a religious life is attainable by every one who walks in the noble eightfold path. He that cleaves to wealth had better cast is away than allow his heart to be poisioned by it; but he who does not cleave to wealth, and possessing riches, uses them rightly, will be a blessing unto his fellows.
It is not life and wealth and power that enslave men, but the cleaving to life and wealth and power.
The bhikkhu who retires from the world in order to lead a life of leisure will have no gain, for a life of indolence is an abomination, and lack of energy is to be despised...
Whatever men do, whether they remain in the world as artisans, merchants, and officers of the king, or retire from the world and devote themselves to a life of religious meditation, let them put their whole heart into their task,let them be diligent and energetic, and if they are like the lotus, which although it grows in the water, yet remains untouched by the water, if they struggle in life without cherishing envy or hatred, if theyu live in the world not a life of self but a life of truth, then surely joy, peace, and bliss will dwell in their minds.
God knows what goes down into the
earth and what comes out therefrom,
FROM THE JEWISH SCRIPTURES
Let us now praise the artificer and
All these put their trust in their
FROM THE WRITINGS OF HAZRAT INAYAT
The service of God means that we each work for all
Every soul inclined to serve has a scope for service on every plane, and the one who is able to serve here is able to serve even more on the higher planes.
The one who serves however humbly, has the privilege of serving God.
The essence of spirituality and mysticism is readiness to serve the person next to us.
Only when man learns to serve and do his duty without the thought of appreciation, only then will he attain.