Nama Article 31st January 2012
Source: The Vision
Question: Can you help those of us who are caught in the whirlpool of work so much that we are not conscious of the presence of God?
Swami Papa Ramdas
We do not work the whole day long. There are some hours of leisure. Out of these hours, after spending some time for the necessities of life, outside the field of daily work, some period may be devoted exclusively for remembering God and getting the necessary communion and contact with Him.
By practising like this from day to day, we shall be able to develop a nature in which there will be always peace, even when we are active in our daily routine. Remembrance of God in that state becomes the background to all external activity.
Consciousness of God will then be always with us and we get the peace which passeth understanding. Otherwise we are caught in the whirlpool of work we are doing every day and lose ourselves in it so much so that we entirely forget God. We become only machines turning out a certain amount of work and exhausting ourselves. As a result the mind becomes restless, care-worn and unbalanced. So, during our leisure hours, we must devote some time to retire within ourselves and commune with the Divine by remembering Him through prayer and meditation. Gradually we feel so much joy in the work that we never feel fatigued. We now know that the work we are doing is a dedication to the Divine, because we become conscious that we are doing the work not by our will and power, but by the will and power of the Divine.
Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Lord Rama says, "Any accumulated wealth will dissolve in due time. Any position of power attained will come to an end. All the relations (children, wife) come to an end in death. There is nothing in this world that is permanent."