There is nothing wrong in doing work; otherwise how can one have the purification of the mind? It is when one works that one is tested: How much craving for the result of action does one have? How desireless is the mind? How much selfishness has gone and how much still remains? All this can be known only through the performance of work. When divine love dawns in the heart, one no longer considers work as mere work – it turns into worship.
(p.36, Spiritual Treasures, Letters of Swami Turiyananda, Swami Turiyananda’s letter to Swami Visuddhananda from Gadamukteshwar, Meerut, U.P on 4 Feb, 1908)