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work + mindfulness = nonwork

Vinoba Bhave, the saint and amateur mathematician, derived a wonderful formula from the Bhagawad Gita:

karma + vikarma = akarma

or,

work + mindfulness = nonwork

We are being asked to engage in our work--whether it is washing the dishes, making artwork, teaching, healing, or running a business--mindfully, that is to say, 

1. with complete, undivided, attention to the work at hand,
2. with playfulness,
3. with no thought of the fruit of the work. 

When our work is done with mindfulness what results is nonwork--that state of joy that is called lila, or divine play.

Peace and love,
Abhay

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