Worship or Work - which is better?
Last evening, as we were returning from a village camp, one of the young brothers brought up this question in the bus. He asked me, "Brother, if someone wants to sit in worship and is not ready to come and attend a service activity because he wants to sit in prayer, is that right?"
My initial reaction was,"Of course not!" But then, I paused to think - who am I to decide what is right or what is wrong in a scenario like that. After all, wasnt each of us engaging in that activity which makes us feel closer to God? It may be work for some and worship for some others. I delved into what I have learnt at the lotus feet of My master, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba varu and immediately saw some clarity emerging. Swami would never say that one path was right or wrong. He would simply encourage the people who believed in worship to worship with more feeling. He would encourage an enthusiastic bunch of Seva workers to work more zealously as an offering unto the Divine. He would always look at what the feeling is behind the act. The act itself was never so important to Him.
So, if there is someone who wants to sit in prayer instead of jumping into the society and serving others, perhaps the prayerful person is right in his own standpoint. Then what happens to the adage, "Hands that serve are holier than lips that pray."
At some level, I guess - Work is worship and Worship is Work. Is it not?
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