Karma-Yoga : Ch-4. Part-16.
What is Duty?
There is a sage in India, a great Yogi, one of the most wonderful men I have ever seen in my life.
He is a peculiar man, he will not teach any one; if you ask him a question he will not answer.
It is too much for him to take up the position of a teacher, he will not do it.
If you ask a question, and wait for some days, in the course of conversation he will bring up the subject, and wonderful light will he throw on it.
He told me once the secret of work, "Let the end and the means be joined into one."
When you are doing any work, do not think of anything beyond.
Do it as worship, as the highest worship, and devote your whole life to it for the time being.
Thus, in the story, the Vyadha and the woman did their duty with cheerfulness and whole-heartedness; and the result was that they became illuminated, clearly showing that the right performance of the duties of any station in life, without attachment to results, leads us to the highest realisation of the perfection of the soul.
To be continued ...