In Karma-Yoga content in ‘The Secret of Work’ chapter of the book ‘The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda’ (Vol.I) based on his lectures and writings it is described that “Helping others physically by removing their physical needs, is indeed great, but the help is great according as the need is greater and according as the help is far-reaching. If a man`s wants can be removed for an hour, it is helping him indeed; if his wants can be removed for a year, it will be more help to him; but if his wants can be removed for ever, it is surely the greatest help that can be given to him.
Spiritual knowledge is the only thing that can destroy our miseries for ever; any other knowledge satisfies wants only for a time. Next to spiritual comes intellectual help. The gift of knowledge is a far higher gift than that of food and clothes; it is even higher than giving life to a man, because the real life of man consists of knowledge. Next in order comes, of course, helping a man physically.
The miseries of the world cannot be cured by physical help only. Until man`s nature changes, these physical needs will always arise, and miseries will always be felt, and no amount of physical help will cure them completely. The only solution of this problem is to make mankind pure. Let men have light, let them be pure and spiritually strong and educated, and then alone will misery cease in the world, not before.”
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda