Lord says in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita –
Tasmaatsarveshu kaaleshu maamanusmara yudhya cha | (Gita 8/7)
Therefore, think of Me at all times and fight the war (do your duty). (Gita 8/7)
Krishna asks Arjun to do his duty of fighting to protect dharma. While doing his duty, he is supposed to think of God all the time. All of us are faced with the same situation. One is supposed to do his duties at home and work. While doing duties, one is supposed to remember God. There can be three ways to achieve such remembrance:
1) While remembering God, do the work. (Here remembrance is foremost and work is secondary.)
2) While doing work, remember God. (Here work is foremost and remembrance is secondary.)
3) Only do God’s work. (Here exclusive feelings towards God areprimary.)
Most of the people try to follow #1 and #2. Some people do minimal amount of duties and make remembrance their prime focus. Some other people try to do their duties and take care of their family and friends and try to remember God while doing their duties. Most of these people struggle to remember God and tend to forget him. One obvious reason is the lack of alertness. But they also make very grave mistake. They accept their body, family, work and business as their own and have feeling on mine-ness towards it. Therefore, God is forgotten again and again and it is difficult to remember Him. If one does only God’s work, then God will always be remembered. There is sense of mine-ness towards God and His work and therefore, remembrance happens all the time. Therefore, one should have a firm resolve to do only God’s work so that one can always remember Him.
What is God’s work? In order to do God’s work, one must accept and understand the truth. The truth is that everything belongs to God. All living entities are part of God as God is in everyone. All activities done are God’s work as God is everyone. The problem is that one does God’s work as his work and with mine-ness towards work, people and objects around him. As soon as one gives up this mine-ness and accepts the truth that everything belongs to God, all work becomes God’s work. One must firmly accept – “I am God’s and God is mine.” One should accept that this house is not mine, the work is not mine. House, work, business and family member all are God’s. With the power bestowed by God, I am doing only His work for the happiness and pleasure of people around me who are His. In this manner, this fixed and solid feeling of mine-ness, will become natural and “smaran” remembrance of God will take place on its own. There is no need for effort in remembering God. But as long as I continue to regard the house etc., as mine, till then, there will be a lapse in the “smaran” (remembrance).
While staying at hotel, one clearly knows that the hotel and the object in hotel are not his. Same way, we are traveller in this work and are supposed to stay for short duration of time. While staying here, one must clearly know that the body, the family , the wealth, and the possessions are not his. They are given for short time and will be taken away after sometime. They are not his. Only God who pervades in all beings is only His. Accept the mine-ness with God and give up your mine-ness to this world, You will be situated in constant remembrance of God and you will always do God’s work.
Source : Inspired by book in HIndi Jivan Upayogi Pravachan by Swami Ramsukhdasji