One of us asked the Rishi: “Master, many speak of work. A few speak of meditation and spiritual life. And we hear, more and more, in these days, of a new order. We feel confounded. Speak to us that we may understand.”
And the Rishi said: Work is essential. Spiritual life is a life of balance. Be balanced—if you would attain. The purpose of life on this earth is to correct and balance oneself. Work purifies and work disciplines us. And he who would meditate must first be purified through work. He must learn the lessons of practical life. He must not neglect duty or dharma.
Krishna tells Arjuna repeatedly to “stand up and do his dharma or duty”. I must not neglect my duty to my family and society. I am linked with them karmically. I must discharge my debt to them. The path of work is the path of purification: and purification precedes illumination.