Labor’s of Love

labor day blackboard



the Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2 verse 47 —

a verse known to many – school children recite it, images of students from the past come to my head, fingers stained with ink as they learn penmanship shaping the verse onto paper.

i ponder my ink stained hands,  ponder what it means to labor, to work.

although i in general prefer the Easwaran translations, this is an accessible one the net

“karmanyevaadhikaaraste maa phaleshu kadaachana |
maa karmaphalaheturbhoormaa te sangostvakarmani || 47 ||

You only have authority over action, not ever to the result. Don’t be motivated by the result, and don’t get attached to inaction.”

but this is just a taste for you, gentle reader— my heart goes elsewhere as i read,

i read and write and sit – listening…

my over active brain weaving threads of labor and days of rest together,

warp and weft,

and on the seventh day G-d rested…

my shuttle loaded with ideas of who holds power,

of captains of industry and the consumption of goods made in places where to unionize is illegal, and where we have lost sight of what it means to collectively bargain, and a right to work state means  – collective bargaining is lost even in that halls of government –

when it comes to voting…where we forget that freedom and democracy is not a spectator sport. How did we get so attached to inaction? we can not get attached to inaction!

i wrestle with G-d.

Today is to honor those who labor.

and i listen….

Nothing is born without labor.

Not us, nor the world we live in…

i remember the birth of my son,

grown in me, but not mine – for he, like me,

belong to the world.

Nothing is born without labor.

Not us, nor the world we live in…

Ah HA!

It is LIFE that is born from labor, not things –

and in our attachment to things, we have wrought a dangerous and unholy dilemma that covers the Earth like a cloak of pestilence, destroying Mountains and poisoning rivers.

We must labor with Love.  What are you attached to?

What are you birthing into the world with your actions?








About eteal

Reverend Teal is a minister, chaplain, artist and storyteller. She specializes in the human-animal bond and all its healing aspects.
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