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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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There must of course be several such examples in the various languages ‘spooken’ in our delightful India.




RIGHT WRONG

Seeing her eyes glow in excitement,
Obviously though she has it all wrong,
I rush to grab the correction opportunity,

Till I have another look at the gleam in her eyes.

Hell, I think, let me be wrong a hundred times over,
If only to preserve that glorious joy,

Rather than prove her wrong
And watch her enthusiasm wither.

THULABARAM

There is, in the Lord's Abode in Guruvayoor,
A common balance for weighment of offerings.

It's called Thulabaram.

Only, it is anything but common.

A priest there is entrusted the task
Of weighing the offerings you committed
To Lord Krishna.

It may be a few kilos of some vegetable
Or fruit, grains or sugar or what you will.


But it got to be necessarily what you committed!

For,

Have seen with my own eyes
The priest struggling to weigh
A couple of kilos or maybe three
Of a certain vegetable, think it was yam.

But it simply wouldn't balance, though he
Kept on heaping the yam on it!

Then, on the priest's asking,
The devotee said he had thought
Of a different vegetable, maybe raw banana,

But had settled for yam since he couldn't
Get the banana.

The priest quickly removed the yam
Asked the devotee to be back
With the vegetable committed!

Only then, the priest said with conviction,

The weighment would happen.