Work that Becomes Virtue

Have you experienced co-workers who complain about every task they accomplish. Besides irritating their co-workers, nothing usually gets accomplished by their tirades. There is a story in the Anecdotes of Oyasama, which concerns a follower of the religion.

During this time, Chuzaburo was ordered by a prison guard to clean the toilets. When he returned from toilet cleaning, Oyasama asked him:

“What do you think of having been brought to this kind of place and even having been made to clean such filthy places as toilets?”

When Chuzaburo answered, “I think I am serving God whatever I do. Considering this, I am very happy,” Oyasama gave him the following instruction:

“You are right. If you do something with gratitude, no matter how hard or unpleasant it may be, your virtue will reach heaven. Virtue, which is accepted by God, will be turned to joy. But no matter how hard or trying the work that you do may be, if you do it complaining, ‘How hard it is, how I hate it,’ the complaints will also reach heaven and be returned to you in kind.                            ”Anecdotes of Oyasama 144, “The Virtue

No matter how difficult our jobs, or how unpleasant it may seem to others, if we work hard with a positive attitude, we sow a happy future. But if we complain while we work, the negativity may result in an unhappy future.

How do we gain and continue this positive attitude? If our minds are pure (without greed, arrogance, and self love), it becomes easier for us to have a spirited mind, even in conditions, which may depress others. It is with this pure mind that one must work hard to sow a seed of joy.

* Source from Tenrikyology.com

 

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About heaventruth

A fundamentalist in the translation and interpretation of the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), as it relates to the world today and in the future.
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