The Art of Work – Article by Radhanath swami

Radhanath Swami on art of work

The Gita teaches that we can perform the perfection of yogic process by doing our duty in divine consciousness. In Gita, Krishna tells what type of work is worship.

“When work is done in devotion to God in service to humanity that work will liberate us from all the bondage of material creation, but any work that has been done for our own selfish motives, without worship and respect to God, that work will only cause bondage.”

So the Bhagavad Gita is teaching how we can apply spiritual consciousness to our everyday life.

Arjuna and Duryodhana had the same occupation and were doing the same work—fighting—yet Duryodhana is condemned and Arjuna is glorified.  Why?  Because Arjuna heard Gita and he did his duty selflessly, as a sacrifice, in divine consciousness and in devotion to God for the upliftment of humanity.

Duryodhana did the same thing but with no respect to the word of God.  He did it for his own prestige, for his own power, to fulfill his own greed.  This is what Gita is teaching—how to change our consciousness. Unless we want that change of consciousness, nothing will take place.


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  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    In the entire Bhagavad Gita Lord krishna never asked arjuna to give up shooting arrows or fighting like a warrior; he only instructed him to change his consciousness and fight for the divine cause of fulfilling the will of the lord.

  • ha, I am going to experiment my thought, your post bring me some good ideas, it’s truly awesome, thanks.

    – Thomas

  • Kamal G d

    If spirituality is all about consciousness, then isn’t it the most wonderful thing?
    It essentially means that I would be closer to GOD if I just happen to be conscious of Him while doing whatever actions I am performing.
    Thank you Radhanath Swami for elucidating this point so vividly.

  • Vijay Mathias

    Radhanath Swami has emphasized the importance of intention in executing our day-to-day responsibilities. We have to just Krsna to everything and our life becomes sublime.

    A very good article.


    Radhanath Maharaj has brought out and highlighted a point which will solve the problem from its root.

  • Prem manjari

    So practical in today’s life also. Who can say Bhagvad Gita is not meant for today’s world? This is the art of liberation taught to us by Lord Krsna. Thank you Maharaj so much for giving this insight.