If everyone has to leave this body one day or another, what is the reason for trying to lead the life in a certain way, how does it help us? You may think, why should I even struggle or work throughout the day if I can’t predict anything!?
Around 5000 years ago, a sage named Sameekudu decided to meditate and not be immersed in mundane activities. Around the same time, a king named Parikshith ended up in his hermitage as he was hunting in the same forest. He asked the sage for some water, and the sage did not respond as he was meditating. King got furious and placed a dead snake around his neck and left the place. When the sage’s son returned to the hermitage, he was shocked, and got agitated. He cursed the King to get killed by the king of snakes very soon! When the son explained this to the sage later, the sage used his power to see who the person was and came to know that it was the great king, Parikshith. The sage expressed to the son that he should not have cursed the king as it was an act out of anger. He asked the son to go and inform the king about the curse. The king repented what he had done and approached the most knowledgeable sages to find out what needs to be done in the short time frame he had. Then, He took refuge of Suka – a 16 year old and an extremely wise and compassionate sage who preached him Bhagavatham! Even if you decide to sit quiet, or meditate – your activity can result in something as great as Bhagavatham! So, the question is not about why one should do an activity instead of meditating, it should be about how one should do their activities, or work!