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TEACHINGS FROM THE ETERNAL SONG, THE BHAGVAD GITA



KARMA YOGA

THE WAY OF ACTION.

Lord Krishna is infinitely merciful.

When the Lord Krishna persuades the despondent Arjuna to pick up the bow again and fight, the latter wonders why he should do ‘Action’ if ‘Knowledge’ is considered superior to action.

To this, the Lord explains gently that no one can really remain without doing some action or other. Prakriti, acting through the three Gunas namely Sattva, Rajas and Tamas propels a person constantly to action.

Action is also required to maintain one’s own body and mind which will wither away and rot otherwise.

Bhagwan Krishna also adds that He Himself, Who has nothing really to do in His Universe, still keeps at action for the sake of His Devotees. Whatever the leader does, his followers will imitate. Therefore, everyone has to indulge in proper prescribed action to set example to others.

How wonderfully the Lord has brought out a cardinal principle of modern management by the above advice!

Persons who think they have ‘renounced’ action are deluding themselves because mere inaction is not Renunciation. Such persons, by dwelling on sensual pleasures in the mind while ‘renouncing’ action are in fact hypocrites, He says.

‘What then is a proper way of action?’ One may wonder.

Lord Krishna proceeds to explain that doing one’s prescribed duties with full control over the sense organs and without attachment to the results thereof is the ideal way of action. The person who does this is truly a Karma Yogi and will excel at his work.

“ Karmanyeva Adhikarestey, Ma Phaleshu Kadhachana…” says Lord Krishna in Verse 47, Chapter 2 of the Divine Song- meaning that you have right to do your duty , but not to the fruits thereof.

In simple words, the Lord wants His Devotees to do his or her duty with full devotion without worrying about the outcome, which is in His Hands alone.

Based totally on the BHAGVAD GITA and chapter 3 in particular.

HARI OM KRISHNA.


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