When one is bound by moral or any other obligation to do work, it is called duty. Everybody has to perform one’s own duty in the society. Duty is to be performed for its own sake, not for show or pretence.
Valmiki, the great poet, created personification of duty in the form of Rama and Sita. Some may doubt if Rama and Sita ever walked in flesh and blood on earth. Nobody can answer to it. But to us, Rama and Sita are more real than persons in flesh and blood. Rama performed his duty joyfully and followed the path of truth. It was not difficult for Rama to follow his father’s command gladly, willingly and obediently.
Duty is to be performed by everybody in the same way as Rama did Bhagavat Gita teaches us about duty. Lord Krishna says, “Do your duty and never desire for the fruits of the duty performed by you. You should do duty because it is your duty to do”.
If all of us do not perform the duty as it ought to have been done then there arise chaos and disorder. So all of us should perform our duty as expected from us. Duty should become a part of life but it should not be considered as an extra-burden or some types of obligation. Do the duties for the sake of duty, only then you find immense satisfaction and sense of achievement? The English admiral Nelson gave the call, “England expects every man to do his duty”. He did not promise of victory, honour or glory in doing so. That is the importance of duty. If everybody performs their duty properly then the fruits will follow. “Do your duty, reward is not your concern” should be our motto.
Each one of us has different kinds of duties. One has to discharge one’s duties to his/her parents, teachers, society, wife and children. In performing these duties he should be judicious and careful not to hurt them knowingly or unknowingly. As a good citizen he should discharge his duty towards government. Socrates discharged his duty towards the government by obeying the death sentence passed on him. Such was the greatness of Socrates. He was so much conscious of his duty. He never cared even for his life though he had every chance to escape death. Thus in performing duty one should have strong will-power, capacity to sacrifice, truthfulness towards one’s own self.
Duty well performed gives ample pleasure and satisfaction to one’s own self. Honour and name follows on their own accord. A dutiful person is well respected in society. A Gorkha is respected in society for his duty bound nature. Dutiful persons are responsible in restructuring the nation.
Imagine for a while if a teacher does not perform his duty well in school, a clerk at his office does not clear the files on his desk in time and a doctor does not take care of his patients. All such things lead to confusion, chaos and turmoil in the society. For a while you think about your body. Each of the body organs performs their duty without any direct benefit or recognition but the whole body is well and healthy because each and every limb performs its duty well. Duties should be performed for the common good and wider public interest.
Each one should perform his duty according to one’s nature. A squirrel did its duty in the construction of Sethu for Rama. So irrespective of the size or position, one should perform one’s duty for the sake of society, nation and humanity at large.