Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 07, Text 15
“Work is worship is the central teaching of the Bhagavad-gita.” So claim many people.
If they were right, then wouldn’t it make the creature that works extremely hard, the donkey, the Gita’s role model?
But the Gita doesn’t depict the donkey complimentarily even once. To the contrary, it repeatedly depicts the donkey (mudha) uncomplimentarily: as a metaphor to underscore the shortsightedness of people with no spiritual insight or interest. The donkey subjects itself to unnecessary torture, carrying huge loads for tiny rewards, lumps of grass that it could have got without becoming a beast of burden.
Similar to the donkey, the Gita (07.15) indicates, are those people who exhaust their human intelligence and energy for gaining the bodily pleasures of eating, sleeping, mating and defending — pleasures available to animals.