Work / Action

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Work: exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something
Action: an act that one consciously wills and that may be characterized by physical or mental activity.

Hinduism~Having gained one purpose, why does man look for another? Therefore, what the man is always after should be esteemed the only real purpose – be it accession of pleasure or removal of pain. There can be neither, so long as the incentive to effort lasts.

The feeling of a need to work in order to gain happiness (being the index of misery) is the misery of miseries. How can there be pleasure or removal of pain so long as it continues?

Such pleasure is like that of soothing unguents placed on a scalded limb, or of the embrace of one’s beloved when one is lying pierced by an arrow in the breast; or of the sweet melodies of music heard by an advanced consumptive!

Only those who need not engage in action, are happy; they are perfectly content, and self-contained, and they experience happiness which extends to all the pores of the body.

Tripura Rahasya 1:40 46 (

“What is action and what is inaction? This question has confused the greatest sages. I will give you the secret of the action, with which you can free yourself from bondage. The true nature of action is difficult to grasp.

You must understand what is action and what is inaction, and what
kind of action should be avoided.

The wise see that there is action in the midst of inaction and inaction in the midst of action. Their consciousness is unified, and every act is done with complete awareness.” -Bhagavad Gita 4:16-17


“Be Industrious*.   Work is not always pleasant.  But few are unhappier than those who lead a purposeless, idle and bored existence: children gloom to their mother when they have nothing to do, the low-mindedness of the unemployed, even when they are on “relief” or “dole” (goods or money given by a government agency)  is legendary; the retired man, with nothing further to accomplish in life, perishes from inactivity, as shown by statistics.

Even the tourist, lured by a travel agency’s call to leisure, gives a tour conductor a bad time if he/she has nothing for them to do.  Sorrow itself can be eased by simply getting busy at something.  Morale is boosted to high highs by accomplishment. In fact, it can be demonstrated that production** is the basis of morale.  People who are not industrious dump the workload on those around them. They tend to burden one.  It is hard to get along with idle people.  Aside from depressing one, they can also be a bit dangerous.

A workable answer is to persuade such to decide on some activity and get them busy with it.  The most lasting benefit will be found to arise from work that leads to actual production.  The way to happiness is a high road when it includes industriousness that leads to tangible production.”
L. Ron Hubbard,



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