'tasmad asaktah satatam karyam karma samacara
asakto hy acaran karma param apnoti purusah'
'Without attachment without interruption perfectly perform prescribed actions.. By performing prescribed actions a person achieves the highest good!'
Thus says Lord Krishna in Sloka 19 Chapter III of Srimad Bhagavad Gita on the importance of doing one's activities in day to day life.
Coming to the field of activities with any one in the world, they are broadly classified into 2 groups Viz.,
1. Nitya karma (The Essential works)
2. Ni-nitya karma(The Pleasant works)
The very definition of Nitya Karma wrt to me is that if I don't do it, I alone will suffer.. And the concept of Ni-nitya karma is that even if I do not do that too, nothing happens to me in general!
Again, in Sloka 5 Chapter III of Gita, the Lord says..
'Na hi kascit ksanam api jatu tisthaty akarmakrt
karyate hy avasah karma sarvah prakrti-jairgunaih'
'One cannot remain without engaging in activity at any time, even for a moment; Every one is helplessly driven by actions endowed by the qualities borne of material nature!'
So it's very clear here that all individuals would be continuously doing actions because that is their basic nature and in such a case, if they are not doing the Nitya Karma, they would definitely be doing the Ni-nitya karma alone in it's place which as the definition says is nothing but the pleasant activities of life.
Further if one gets into the Karma Structure of life, it's very much clear that asking some one to do a work sure comes under the category of pleasant work only unless it comes out as the role of a Manager or Owner towards the one who works there for the wages paid under the contract of agreement with applicable code of conduct rules.
When we thus look at all these aspect in detail, it is evident that the family with us never comes under the above category and the family members are there with us because of the existence of the sacred relationship which is well defined under the chapter of our duties.
Seen thus, the first step for any one here is to totally leave this extra thinking and get into the mode of checking one's own works involved with respect to the self and family members which are the basic and welfare works under which alone one has pledged to live with the family, get into the eternal action of all these essential works and thus sail thru' one's life..
No other view is sacred here and if at all the young ones of the family are to be taught on these lines, the elder care taker of the family is the first one that should get into these actions and continue doing them with all devotion.. Further educating the younger ones on these lines is not required beyond a limit as they invariably copy their own care taker as reference except streamlining their actions here and there!
This type of 100% living example by the elder care taker and other grown up members of every family itself forms the core of sharing the burden of the other members as well as teaching and guiding the younger ones of the family which would definitely go a long way in streamlining and setting right the thinking of those growing members towards equality and reducing the related prejudice if any existing!
“I am joining the Ariel #ShareTheLoad campaign at BlogAdda and blogging about the prejudice related to household chores being passed on to the next generation.”