"The world is the field of action. Through action one acquires
knowledge. The guru instructs the disciple to perform certain works
and refrain from others. Again, he advises the pupil to perform
action without desiring the result. The impurity of the mind is
destroyed through the performance of duty."
"God can be realized when a man acquires sattva.
Householders engage in philanthropic work, such as charity,
mostly with a motive. That is not good.
Yet it is very difficult to leave motives out of one's actions."
"Man cannot really help the world. God alone does that -
He who has created the sun and the moon, who has put love
for their children in parents' hearts, endowed noble souls
with compassion, and holy men and devotees with divine love.
The man who works for others, without any selfish motive,
really does good to himself."
"Through selfless work, love of God grows in the heart.
Then, through His grace, one realizes Him in course of time.
God can be seen. One can talk to Him as I am talking to you. "
"Perform your duties in an unselfish spirit.
Always try to perform your duties without desiring any result.
All, without exception, perform work.
Even to chant the name and glories of God is work,
as is the meditation of the non-dualist on 'I am He'.
Breathing is also an activity. There is no way of renouncing
work altogether. So do your work, but surrender the result to God."
"At the beginning of religious life a man
makes much ado about work, but as his mind
dives deeper into God, he becomes less active.
Last of all comes the renunciation of work,
followed by samAdhi."