Saturday, 2 August 2014

action and inaction

HARI  OM  

Practical  steps  to  spirituality- section 6  part  97

The  Gita  revisited  

Action  and  inaction. 

           Action  and inaction  ,both  can  be  viewed  from  different angles  . When  seen  from karma yoga  point  of view  ,  doing  ones  duties  and  right  actions  do  not  bind  and  vasanas  get  exhausted  , while  doing  prohibited  and  wrong  actions  bind (  vikarma  ) , but  when  one  fails  to  do  his  duties (  akarma  )  non -doing  binds  him  and  he  gets  to  accumulate  fresh  vasanas. . When  we  see  even  karma  yoga  from  yet another    higher  angle  , though  giving  is  an  ordinary  action  but  when  right  attitude  is  added  to  the  action  like  when    giving  is  accompanied  with  love ,it  becomes  a  special  karma   and  when  this  giving   becomes  second  nature  , that  is,  when  action  and  right  attitude  done  over  a  period  of  time  becomes  a  spontaneous  karma  .

       Actions  when  viewed  from  the  point  of  view  of  jnana  yoga  , actions  and  inactions  take  a  different  colour  altogether. . When  a  person  performs  an  action with  the  notion  of  doership  (  kartuthva  buddhi  )  , he  then  becomes  the  enjoyer  (  boktha  )  of  the  results  of  his  action. . The  same  action  becomes  an  inaction   (  akarma ).  ,when  the  action  is  done  without  the  notion  of  doership  in  action ,then  the  non- doer  (  akartha  )  becomes  the  non- enjoyer  (  abhoktha  )  of  the  results  too. 

         Hence  sastras  categorise  all  actions  as  karma,  vikarma  and  akarma .  Realised  masters  like  Swami  Vivekananda  ,  Pujya  Gurudev  Swami  Chinmayananda  , even  when  they  kept  themselves   busy  with  serving  the  people  ,their  actions  were   considered  as  akarma  . The  great  masters  like  Ramakrishna  Paramahamsa  and  Tapovan  Maharaj  , though  they lived  far  away  from  the  mad  crowd  ,yet  whether  they  did  actions  or  did  not  were  all  considered  as  inaction  only because  they  did  not  carry  the  notion  of  doership  while  doing  actions   and  hence  were  never  the  enjoyer  of  the  results   and  they  they  were  happy  while  doing  actions  and  equally  content  in  the  non- performance  of  actions.   

       It  is  said  that  Lord  Vishnu  reclines  on  a  thousand  headed  serpent and  is  in the  midst  of  thousands  of  activities  yet  He  remains  in  a  total  state  of  peace   and  actionlessness . The  aim  of  every  spiritual  seeker  should  be  to  attain  this  state  of   peace,  poise  and  as  though  inactive  even  while  carrying  out  ones  duties  and  obligations  in  life. 

to  be  continued.....

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