“May you never be attached to akarma (not doing the right thing, – shirking). Do not be motivated by karmaphala (the fruit of good actions). You have a right and duty (adhikAra) only to karma (good deeds – duty), never to its fruit” 2:47
“Do karma from a state of yoga, having renounced attachment O Dhananjaya (winner of wealth)! When siddhi and asiddhi (attainment and non-attainment) have become equal, that balance is called yOga”. 2: 48
“buddhi yOga is way better than karma, take refuge in buddhi, those motivated by results are pitiful” 2: 49
After reading the phrase “buddhau s’aranam anviccha” which means take refuge in that part of your mind which has been taught, which knows… I realise that Gauthama Buddha may have meant something else when he taught “buddham s’araNam gacchAmi”. In my reckoning Bhagavad Gita (3102 BCE), the summary of the Upanishads predates Gauthama Buddha (2000 to 1500 BCE) by about 1000 years or so, mainstream historians will tell you otherwise.
Also software corporate management will insist that you are result-oriented. The intention must have originally been to give focus to a person’s efforts but since it is “results” that are rewarded, the individual is under pressure and blood supply goes to all parts of his brain, instead of just the bit that has to do the work. Since results are rewarded as a motivation strategy, very often means get sacrificed. And since results are dependent on the environment as well as the individual, there is a “luck” element in that model that eliminates “fairness”. And since the system retains the reward seekers, they can also be motivated to a do vikarma (wrong things) for a reward – eg sales – lying to sell.
Krishna does not advise akarma – or doing nothing as an alternate to doing karma or doing the right thing. You must do right without being result-oriented!
“yOga is skill in karma (work/ duty/good deeds). Try to attain yOga. In this method, a person who is united with his buddhi lets go of the ideas of well-done and badly-done, both.” 2: 50
“People who are engaged with their buddhi, attain that untainted state (anAmaya padam), having given up the fruit born of karma, and being free from the bondages of birth” 2:51
“When your buddhi crosses over the muck of fascination, then you will go to that state of nirvEda – indifference, of what you have heard and what you ought to hear”. 2: 52
“You will attain yOga when your buddhi is steady (unmoving) in samAdhi and it is unmoved by all that it has ever heard (s’Rtivipratipanna)”. 2: 53
yOga is skill in duty (karma) and steadiness of mind (buddhi). We must try to attain yOga by doing what is to be done, not being attached to laziness and renouncing the results of our actions.
Previous Posts :
- Bhagavad Gita : Chapter Two : Slokas 39 to 46 : Look beyond the knowledge of the Manifest Universe : Audio (Sloka, split sandhis and prose order)
- Bhagavad Gita : Chapter Two : Slokas 31 to 38 : Kshatriya Dharma : Audio (Sloka, split sandhis and prose order))
- Bhagavad Gita : Chanting: Chapter Two : Slokas 11 to 20 : Krishna Teaches Arjuna about the Eternal Self : (With pada chheda and anvyaya) : Audio
- Bhagavad Gita : Chanting : Chapter Two : Slokas : 1 to 10: Arjuna’s Sorrow at having to kill elders and relatives deepens, he seeks Krishna’s guidance : Audio
- Bhagavad Gita : Chanting : Chapter One : Slokas : 24 to End: Arjuna’s Fear that fighting relatives is adharma and will have bad consequences : Audio
- Bhagavad Gita : Chanting : Chapter 1 : Slokas 20 to 23 : Request to assess situation : Audio
- Bhagavad Gita : Chanting : Chapter 1 : Slokas 1 to 19 : Battle Preparation : Audio
- Bhagavad Gita : Chanting : Karanyasa, hrudyaadi nyaasa, dhyana sloka : Audio
Sankara’s Gita Bhasyam (My translation and explanation. Work in Progress.)
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