Good of the World
The Bhagavad Gita lays utmost emphasis on the good of the world, or lokasamgraha. Work done for lokasamgraha not only prevents destruction of the world, it also contributes towards social efficiency. While teaching karma yoga to Arjuna, Krishna gives the example of King Janaka who attained perfection by performing selfless work for the well being of all. Krishna tells Arjuna that in all the three worlds, there is nothing He (Krishna) has to gain for Himself nor is there anything that He cannot gain, but still, He is engaged in working for the good of the world (3-22). And if He did not work selflessly, the worlds would perish because people would follow His example and abstain from selfless activity (3-23).
Krishna further states that the difference between the ignorant and the wise is that while the ignorant man works in his own interest, the enlightened man performs unattached work for the good of others (3-25). Selfless work is God’s work. For an average man, working for his own good remains his top priority. At best, he may work for the good of his own people or community. But the urge to do something for the good of the world remains a distant idea.
Lokasamgraha as taught in the Gita aims at working for the good of all without an inclination to work exclusively for your own sake or for your own people. The message of the Gita for the social worker is to perform social service with selflessness and equanimity. But while doing service for others, one should not ignore his obligations towards his own family.