“No job too big or too small”
|Angelic duo of Sarvamma & Shantamma (GHMC – The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Street Sweepers) who are responsible for keeping the Street No.1(Gokul Nagar, Tarnaka, Secunderabad, Telangana, India) CLEAN. Day in and day out they turn up to work at 5:00 AM sharp with the same enthusiasm and have been doing so for the past 40 years. These unsung heroines of the society deserve recognition and reward for their selfless work. Seeing them i remembered the following quotes:|
Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Any job, very well done, that has been carried out by a person, who is fully dedicated, is always a source of inspiration. ~ Carlos Ghosn
Never will unhappiness or misery come through work done without attachment. ~ Swami Vivekananda
It is a good discipline to be forced to work for work’s sake, even to the length of not being allowed to enjoy the fruits of one’s labour ~ Swami Vivekananda
We all seem to be restless these days about finding our passion or calling. It is very good to find our passion or calling and pursuing it with complete devotion. However, we tend to search it outside and rely on others to help us find it. The best life coach is not far away from us but rather within us. It is our internal guidance system and intuition. It can be easily found if we slow down in life and spend time in solitude away from the social media for some time. Meditation, Deep Breathing, Spending time in the nature, Vegan diet (without Onion & Garlic*), Total cut off from negativity will help us introspect and find our passion or calling.
* – will cover in a future article on Why Onion & Garlic can be excluded from our diet even though they are good for our physical well-being.
There is a worldwide misconception that there can only be only passion or calling – “THE PASSION OR THE CALLING”. This is far from the truth. We can have more than one passion or calling. Yes there can be one primary passion/calling and many secondary passions/callings. The secondary ones might very well complement the primary one.
Lord Krishna (A Hindu deity) gave a detailed description about the work aligned to our nature around 5000 ago.
Srimad Bhagwat Gita 3:35
śhreyān swa-dharmo viguṇaḥ para-dharmāt sv-anuṣhṭhitāt
swa-dharme nidhanaṁ śhreyaḥ para-dharmo bhayāvahaḥ
It is far better to perform one’s natural prescribed duty, though tinged with faults, than to perform another’s prescribed duty, though perfectly. In fact, it is preferable to die in the discharge of one’s duty, than to follow the path of another, which is fraught with danger.
What is Swadharma & Paradharma:
Swadharma: We need to find a work that is aligned to our true nature (although inferior in material or worldly scale and meritorious in spiritual scale) i.e. when we do something that is authentic to our nature and not to show off to others, then there is no danger or fear or sin. We don’t get into depression, we remain mindful, we lead a satisfied and a contented life. Our work might not be perfect and be full of defects in the beginning. But as we continue working in that field, we gain expertise and our quality of work undergoes remarkable change. We become masters in that work as time goes on.
Paradharma: We work that may seem superior in material or worldly scale but is not at all aligned to our true nature (inauthentic) or in spiritual scale. Such work is done to please others or show off. The happiness is fleeting and will lead us into certain depression one day even if pays high. We resort to external aids like parties, movies, short travels to fill the void that is within. This void can never be fulfilled by such means.