“We are not here to play, to dream, to drift, we have hard work to’do, and loads to lift, shun not the struggle, “Tis god’s gift.”
Struggle is the law of life, both in the world of nature as well as man. Some people do not take life seriously. They do not try to understand its meaning and purpose. They regard this world as a huge lotus-land and want to luxuriate like lotus eaters. But life is not to play, to dream, and to drift. We are not to dream away its precious moments. It is a regular bed of thorns and we have to perform the duties assigned to us, duties to our family, to our neighbours, to our country, to the human race, and last, but not least to God who ‘made in us in his own image. All this entails hard work which is the breath of our being. The poet has well said.
I slept and dreamed that life was beauty;
I woke and found that life was duty,
Was thy dream then a shadowy lie?
Toil on, poor heart, unceasingly,
And thou shalt find they dream to be
A true and blessed life to thee.
Imagine a world peopled with idlers! All that we see in these world-beautiful towns and cities, rich, fertile field, massive buildings-, they are all the result of work, endless work. It is difficult to contemplate what would happen if all became shirkers. In work lies hope, betterment, salvation, Idleness is the greatest curse that could befall humanity.
Man is born to struggle, ‘By the sweat of thy brow shall thou earn thy bread’, God said to Adam on his fall from heaven. It is the law of our being, the living principle that carries men and nations onwards. All that is great in man comes through work, and civilisation is its product. In all walks of life-social, economic, political struggle is present.
Work is one of the great secrets of happiness in life. Fancy life without work! Life would lose much of its charm without work.” Work sweetens life. Rightly does the poet say:
Absence of occupation is not rest;
A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
Work is a support and consolation in sorrow and an antidote to despair. Work is essential for ‘life. It makes man; it is the only means to manhood, and the measure of civilisation. ‘One monster there is in the world-Idleman.
“Work, Carlyle says, is worship.” Work is certainly one of the noblest things in the world, next only to godliness. ‘An idle man’s brain is a devil’s workshop.’ If all of us were suddenly deprived of our daily routine of work, we would all become devil’s cousins. Work by keeping us engaged keeps us away from sms and follies.
Ths life is not to be trifled or paltered with. Its noblest purpose is self-realization which is possible only through struggle against sell Death is not the end of life. According to Hindu scriptures, present life is the result of past karmas; future will be what we make of it in the present. Noble deeds, alone, can help us to attain salvation. We cannot afford to waste life in idle sloth or in the pursuit of ignoble pleasures. It is by struggle alone, struggle constant and unremitting, that we can hope to leave the world better than we found it at our birth. This world, as we know it, is full of trickery, deceitfulness, lying, dishonesty, all manner of evils and vices, and unhappiness in various shapes and forms. We have to fight one long ceaseless battle against this all. Exploitation of one country by another, and of man by man, is the order of the day. We have to end all these injustices of life and be worthy of our Creator. The very purpose and significance of life is lost if we refuse to discharge our responsibilities.