Action.

action-reaction

Blogger Mother had a post on Blog Action Day in her blog and we exchanged comment and response as follows there.

I: I wish that I had known!

Mother: I wish you had known, too. Do it now!

And that gives me the inspiration to write this post. As my regular readers know, I am finding it difficult to write every day on my blog and this gives me an opportunity to write.

Action inevitably leads to reaction which in turn becomes an action that creates a reaction. In the spiritual path that I am on, the whole purpose of the disciplines that one is expected to follow is to become action oriented and to give up being reaction oriented.

The way one goes about it is to stop performing any action with the outcome in mind. Outcomes of any action can be, 1. Exactly as expected; 2. Less than what was expected; 3. More than what was expected, or 4. Completely different to what was expected. The Yogi knows this fully and accepts whatever comes as a result of his action as the result of the laws of karma and prevents generating further action / reaction cycles.

This is best described in the Bhagwad Gita as:

KARAMANYAVADHIKARASTHE MAA PHALESHU KADACHANA
MAA KARMA PHALA HETUR BHURMA TE SANAGOSTVAKARMANI

You have the right to work only
but never to its fruits.
Let not the fruits of action be your motive.
Nor let your attachment be to inaction.

Ch II V 47

The most powerful part of that advice from Krishna to Arjun is in the last sentence where he is clearly told not to take recourse to inaction to escape the cycle of action and reaction.

Those who are interested can of course go deeper into this by just googling for Bhagwad Gita Ch.II Verse 47.

This entry was posted in Blogging, Philosophy, Spiritualism, Writing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

11 Responses to Action.

  1. Mother says:

    You go, Ramana! Or is it Yogi Ramana? Thank you for this verse. Words to live by…literally…
    Mother recently posted..#BlogActionDay

  2. Looney says:

    Not quite sure how to react to this.
    Looney recently posted..The Empire of Russia: Facing the Horde

  3. Anita says:

    Wonderful post. Thanks.

  4. My version of it is, “Play your part well and let go of the results.” It works for me.
    Cheerful Monk recently posted..Mysteries of the Universe

  5. Max Coutinho says:

    Hi Rummy,

    That is why I accept life as it presents to me. I try not to cling to things (that is my personal jihad) and just do my job, my part in this crazy yet marvellous world.
    I love the challenge of balancing this self-discipline (that Buddha, and others, also taught) with everyday life – where we have to plan, organise, implement and wait for the fruits of our work.

    Excellent post. I’m glad Mother put you up to it. 😀

    Cheers
    Max Coutinho recently posted..Selfles

Comments are closed.