Love@Work

Sathya Sai Baba, a great contemporary spiritual teacher says that the best form of sadhana (spiritual practice) is the constant contemplation of God.

He also adds,”You may think, if every moment is spent in the contemplation of God, how is it possible to do our work?” Do not distinguish between your work and God’s work. Your work is God’s work because you too are God. It is a mistake to think that all that you do in the prayer hall is God’s work and outside it is your work. You should not entertain such feelings of separateness. Consider that your heart is the altar of God and turn your vision inward.”

And it is just this that has inspired the Sai Young Adults of Australia to develop a program called Love@Work.

To think of God constantly is to Love Him. We do it with every other object of our affection – people, pastimes, sport, heroes – why not the ultimate, God Himself?

How do we do this in practice during our working day?

The Mission statement of the L@W Program then is: Inject the remembrance of God into every personal interaction & every task of the working day. In other words–constantly think of God.
The Love@Work concept is simple: to practice love at whichever station in life fate has placed us in, be it a place of paid/unpaid employment or of formal learning.

So how do we practice Love@Work? A simple method is to locate oneself at the center of a map of the workplace–its structures, people, modes of interaction and tasks. We identify one target, and infuse it with maximum love, considering it an offering to the Divine. This may involve dedicating each task or interaction to the Divine or simply perfecting the performance of the same. Then we move onto the next target. This way, we break the workplace down into manageable, lovable blocks.

We are frequently asked to “add value” to our products and services, so let’s add the value of Divine Love. Mother Theresa demonstrated this in her work, loving one destitute soul at a time. She said, “ You cannot do great things; you can only do small things with great love.”

“What should be the qualities of the actions we offer at the Lotus Feet of the Lord?… For example, if we want to offer a rose to the Lord, we first select a beautiful, fragrant bloom. Then we remove the insects from the flower. Next we remove the thorns or any imperfect leaves from the stem and in a number of other ways we make our offering as beautiful and pure as possible. Every action we perform should be like this. Our actions must be saturated with the fragrance of love and sacredness and must be good and pure. This is the true Yoga of Action as laid down in the Gita.” Sathya Sai Baba

Our work tasks can at times be terribly challenging while at other times–mind numbing. Conversely, Divine Love is ever fresh, invigorating–inspiring. Why not transmute the mundane tasks of everyday life into the extraordinary? Life will never be the same, and work will be transformed into worship.

The above is a brief excerpt. For more information on the Love@Work Program please visit: http://www.saiaustralia.org.au/youth/l@w-action.php