Monday, December 10, 2007

Dhyana Gita 7: Yoga of Action

  1. Transcendence of actions:

    1. Renunciation of fruits and attachment: We must perform all actions with an equanimous mind, by giving up the desire for fruit as well as attachment [2(47,48)].
    2. Equanimity in success in failure: He who remains satisfied with whatever he gets by chance and who treats success and failure alike is not affected by actions [4(22)].
    3. Holy actions: We must give up attachment and fruits even while performing holy actions [18(5-6)].
    4. Bodily actions (permission as an only expectation): If we perform bodily actions alone without any expectation, we will not be affected by their sins [4(21)].
    5. We cannot completely abandon our actions, so long as we possess our body [18(11)].
    6. If we practise the Yoga of action like King Janaka, we contribute to the social welfare as well [3(20-21)].
    7. Attainment of actionlesssness: Renunciation brings about the attachment of actionlessness [18(49)].

  2. The Vedic teaching confined to three Gunas Only:

    1. The lovers of Vedas attached to enjoyment and splendor, cannot keep their intellects in steady contemplation [2(42-44)].
    2. As the Vedas are confined to the three Gunas, he who is eager to attain the state of actionless, should give up the desire for acquisition and preservation, and fix his mind on the Atman [2(45)].
    3. The Vedas are like a well, while Atman is like an ocean enveloping it [2(46)].

  3. Keep the wheel of sacrifice moving:

    1. Sacrifice is free from bonds of action [3(9)].
    2. Even though sacrifice is a Cow of plenty, we must first offer to God, and what He has granted us, and accept only what is left over [3(10-13)].
    3. To taste the nectar of the remains of a sacrifice means attachment of the Absolute [4(31)].
    4. Sinful is the person who will not push forward this wheel moving from times immemorial [3(16)].
    5. As all the five items of sacrifice partake of the nature of the absolute, sacrifice is free from the bonds of the action [4(23), 4(24)].

  4. Attainment of God:

    1. We can even attain God if we perform our actions without attachment [3(19)].
    2. By depositing all your actions in Me, you can even carry on your fight with an attitude of detachment [3(30)].
    3. With the flowers of action, we should worship the Lord from whom all the beings proceed and multiply [18(46)].
    4. Work with the hands and meditate upon the Lord Hari [5(8-10)].
    5. What remains for one who enjoys the bliss of the Atman [3(17)].

Om Tat Sat!

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