Do Swadharma, Avoid Paradharma. Our duty. Work is worship, Teachings from Bhagavad Gita.

Vasanth Kumar Nagulakonda
2 min readApr 4, 2017

śreyān sva-dharmo viguṇaḥ para-dharmāt sv-anuṣṭhitāt sva-dharme nidhanaḿ śreyaḥ para-dharmo bhayāvahaḥ

Though defective, one’s law of righteousness is better than that of another, though well observed. Arjuna, work determined by Nature, though defective, one should not abandon.

GOD has given us birth to perform duties assigned to us. For example, a donkey is made to carry loads and a dog is made to guard its owner’s home from thefts. If a donkey shouts when someone intrudes on its owner’s home at night, then the donkey will be beaten up by its owner for disturbing his sleep. So, the donkey should only do its duty of carrying loads which is Swadharma. Donkey barking like a dog is Paradharma. That is why Lord Krishna said to Arjuna in Bhagavad Gita that one must not do Paradharma Swadharma, even if it leads to death. In our current context of modern India, I feel our IT people are losing their health and family life by working from India for clients abroad in the name of IT outsourcing. Some IT people from India burn the midnight oil for their clients abroad to be available during their clients’ daytime. The reason behind one’s suffering is one doing Paradharma. Swadharma, for a typical IT professional from India, is to keep oneself happy, followed by order of one’s family, dear ones, India, and global society. I remember many Indian-based IT firms claiming they were not interested in making software for the Government of India to prevent losses. These firms forgot that GoI helped them prosper by offering them tax benefits in the past. The IT work we do for clients abroad from India is so menial that we lose our intellect leading to brain dumping. I feel migrating to developed countries, i.e. brain drain is far better than brain dumping because it helps the individual and his family to prosper, followed by India and the global society.

The main motto behind this Lord Krishna’s Saying is that the society and nation will flourish if every citizen, like Army Men, Artists, Athletes, Bankers, Businessmen, Doctors, Employees, Employers, Engineers, Farmers, Judges, Labour, Lawyers, Media personnel, Police, Politicians, Priests, Public Servants, Scientists, Teachers, Thinkers, and others perform their assigned duties which is Swadharma. Society/ Nation will be chaotic if its citizens don’t do Swadharma. Doing corruption is Paradharma which is not only a sin but a crime. Similarly, an Engineer doing surgery is Paradharma. The list is endless, and I leave it to your discretion. I hope you understand why our ancestors said, ‘Work is worship.’

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