How important is it for people to work? May it give them a purpose in life? Whether it be a job outside or a job taking care of the household, it appears that working hard is very important for the sustenance of happiness.
The importance of working is emphasized in the following. One day Oyasama took three unhulled rice grains and placed them one after another in the palm of a recent follower’s hand, saying:
This one is for rising early, this one for honesty, and this one for hard work. Hold these firmly in your hand. You must make sure that you never lose them.
Another time she was quoted:
Working hard out the sight of others and praising others is honesty. If you do not put into practice what you hear, you yourself will become a lie. If you continue to work, saying to yourself, ‘Just a little more, just a little bit more’; this is not greed, it is work that comes from true sincerity.
Early rising is a no brainer. When we wake up early, we can prepare to work more and accomplish more. Praising others for their hard work, while also working hard without complaining to others will bring joy to God. It is this mind set of people working together that will bring joy to the world.
The current economy of unemployment and welfare increases the number of people who resign to waking up late, watching endless hours of television, and succumbing to some of the vices of the street. This is why it is important to find these people a purpose of life, or to find them jobs. When more people are working hard with a positive attitude, there will be less crimes, and more joy and sharing of our prosperity. The three virtues of life may be early rising, honesty, and hard work.
* source from Tenrikyology.com