The Bhagavad Gita has described such an ideal worker. The small verse, in a very helpful and forceful manner, provides us a peg to hang our thoughts on about a social worker. The verse gives the description of a Sattvika Karta (A pure worker).
Sidhdhyasidhdhyornirvikarah Karta Satvika Uchyate
– Bhagavad Gita XVIII.26
"Freed from attachment, non-egoistic, endowed with courage and enthusiasm and unperturbed by success or failure, the worker is known as a pure (Sattvika) one." Four outstanding and essential qualities of a social worker are enunciated in the verse.
(i) "Freed from attachment, (ii) ego less, (iii) bubbling with fortitude and enthusiasm and (iv)indifferent to success or failure.
The Western philosophy teaches us that man works through ego only. The more the attachment for the action, the more is the energy and the impetus, is the axiom accepted by it. In this verse, we have an apparent contradiction, no doubt, but herein lay the uncommon feature of our ancient culture which has been practiced through ages and is even available to this day.