Purification of the Mind Through Work - Bhagavad Gita



A proper attitude to work and to one’s profession can convert work into a potent tool for effecting the purification of the mind.

Sri Krishna emphasizes this in a series of graded disciplines for spiritual life: ‘Fix your mind on Me,may your intellect dwell on Me. Undoubtedly, you will live in Me on giving up the body. In case you are not able to fix your mind on Me, desire to attain Me through abhyasa yoga (the yoga of steadfast practice). If you are unable to do this either, be intent on working for My sake. Working for Me, you will attain perfection. If you cannot thus work for My sake resorting to yoga, renounce the fruits of all your actions, being self-controlled.’

So, performing one’s action with a view to pleasing God is a basic discipline every seeker is taught to practise. How is one to surrender the fruits of one’s actions to God? By taking refuge in the primeval Purusa (God) from whom have originated activities from time immemorial!

Sri Krishna emphasizes the efficacy of adoration of God through one’s work in the 18th chapter of the Gita: ‘From whom is the evolution of all beings, by whom is everything pervaded – by adoring Him through one’s work, a human being achieves perfection.’

Source – Prabudha Bharata Editorial January 2002