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Thought Mailer Vol. 8 1 No. 11 1 June 2018
CA. Snehal Kamdar
What is the Professional religion?
In today’s world the mostly talked subject is religion. There is the talk around the world on various religion and some religion preachers are in the race to take control of world’s population and claim that the religion preached by them has highest followers.
Some days ago while discussing in one of the accountants forum, someone asked me which religion I follow. I just jolted the discussion to ask my fellow friend, the importance of knowing my religion in these professional forums.
Latter one fine day ,I was astonished when my child, seven year old asked me,” Papa, you are a chartered accountant, I am proud of it, but can you tell me which religion do it belongs too.” I was stunned with the question and his innocence, but it made me think that do we professionals have to identify our self with some religion or what do we say which religion we belong too.
What he asked has made me think and I am penning down my thoughts on it.
Many people think that religion and profession have nothing to do with each other, and that money is somehow anti-spiritual.
Though we may think of our work and the money we get for it, only in terms of material value, but if you look deeper and see there is a spiritu-al value.
When we are doing our job honestly and faithfully out of a desire to serve our fellow human beings, we are serving God, far better than by offer-ing daily prayers.
Serving God is not just about words and rituals. It’s about loving and serving our fellow humans.
In itself, money means very little. You can’t eat it, drink it, wear it, or use it to keep yourself warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It is bits of metal, pieces of paper, plastic cards, and numbers in an account, not very useful.
Yet ever since we first hit upon the idea of using tokens such as pieces of valuable metal, to make it easier to trade with one another, money has been a focal point of human culture.
Money is our measure of material value. When we have money, we can buy the things we need. And when we have extra money, we can buy the things we want. In fact what we spend our money on reveals what we value.
If there is spiritual value behind the money that is the lifeblood of our economy, there is also value behind the work we do to earn that money.
Everything we have and everything we do here on earth is a reflection of some spiritual reality and some spiritual value. If we are doing good, useful, and constructive things with our time and money, it reflects a positive spiritual value. If we are doing bad, useless, and destructive things with our time and money, it reflects a negative spiritual value.
If we look at our life in this material world through a spiritual lens, then religion relates to everything in our life—including the work we do to make money.
Is Work Spiritual?
We’re used to thinking of work as something we have to do in order to make the money we need to live in this world. But even popular self-help books advise us to find work that we love and enjoy. What does love have to do with business and money?
If we love our work, our days will go faster than if we hate it. We’ll probably do a better job, too. Isn’t it much better to look forward to our workday (or work night) than to drag ourselves into work and heave a sigh of relief when it’s finally over? Considering the large percentage of the waking hours in our lifetime that we’ll spend working, it just makes sense to find some kind of work that we enjoy doing.
Of course, we may have to work a job we don’t love in order to provide for the people we do love, including ourselves.
And if we look at it more deeply, there is another way in which our work is about loving other people—both people we know and people we will never meet.
Whatever our work is, assuming it’s honest and above-board, we are doing something that benefits other people. No matter what we’re doing, it helps someone. Otherwise, why would people pay us for it?
As we work in a service industry, we touch other people’s lives and add to the happiness and satisfaction of their day. If we make our money through contributing intelligence, know-how, and direction to entire cliental that provide employment, services, and products to thousands or even millions of people.
If we think of our work not only as a way to make money, but as a way to do something useful for others, then we can see that work is spiritual. Work is a practical way of showing love and kindness to our fellow human beings.
Working for Love and Money
Is it wrong to want money for our work? No. We do need to provide the necessities of life for ourselves, our families, and any others we are re-sponsible for.
Plus, there is nothing wrong with enjoying the pleasures and luxuries of life. God put us in a beautiful world, and gave us the ability to enjoy ourselves on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Relaxation and recreation refresh our mind and body so that we will be in bet-ter shape mentally and physically to return to work and be of service to others.
I read a story where a Spiritual leader told one particular man to give away all his money because that man valued his money more than the kingdom of God. His money was blocking his path toward heaven. The mistake people made is thinking that, spiritual leader told that particu-lar man to sell all he had and give it to the poor, this means that everyone must sell all they have and give it to the poor.
In short, if we make money doing something that provides a service to others, and use our money in ways that benefit others, both our work and our money are blessed.
They are also a vital part of our spiritual growth.
Work as Worship
Whatever our job may be, it provides us with the opportunity to serve God by serving fellow human. That fellow human includes our boss, our coworkers, the people we encounter in our workplace, and everyone who buys and benefits from the products and services we provide.
It all adds up to this: When we are engaged in serving other people, we are engaged in serving God. For most of us, our primary opportunity to serve others is in our paid job and in our daily work. That is our primary way of worshiping God.
Working the Path to Heaven
Our profession and our job have everything to do with religion. In fact, although attending some sort of worship service is helpful to our spiritu-al growth, it is nowhere near as important in God’s sight as doing our daily tasks, whether paid or not, with love and care for the people we are serving.
So if we are planning to live in heaven after we die, we’d better get used to serving others! And the best way to do that is to look for work that is satisfying to us and of service to others—and yes, that also pays the bills—and then does the best job we can at it.
To conclude, what religion we belong too?
Whether we’re a practitioner or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, if we do our work faithfully and with care for the people we are serving, we are building the kind of character, God wants in the people who will be a part of the kingdom of heaven. We all will belong to the religion of work that is satisfying to us and service to others.
About CA. Snehal Kamdar,
CA. Snehal Kamdar is a senior partner with “M/S Jain Jagawat Kamdar & Co , Chartered Accountants”, a multidisciplinary firm. He leads the corporate law and finance vertical in his firm . Besides, he is also a practicing insolvency professional and undertakes IBC assignments. He is also a qualified DBM in forensic and DISA. CA Kamdar is also a director in one of the Cooperative Bank based in Maharashtra. He is a regular faculty at ICAI, WIRC and various other forums.
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