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Sri Ramakrishna Thoughts on Work in the World

You cannot get rid of work, because Nature will lead you on to it. That being so let all work be done as it ought to be. If work is done unattached, it will lead to God. To work without any attachment is to work without the expectation of any reward or fear or any punishment in this world or the next. Work so done is a means to the end, and God is the end.

Charity, compassion, kindness towards others, etc., are good if practiced without attachment.

After installing God on the lotus of your heart, you must keep the lamp of remembering Him ever burning. While engaged in the affairs of the world, you should constantly turn your gaze inwards and see whether the lamp is burning or not.