Friday, 25 December 2015

State of actionlessness


The  Gita  revisited .
State  of  actionlessness.

                    The  state  of  actionlessness  is  not   a  state   to  be  achieved   by one  running  away  from  life and  all its  duties  and  taking to  sannyasa . Sannyasa  is  not  running  away  from  one's  duties  . This  state  of  actionlessness  in  Sanskrit  is  called  Naishkarmya  Siddhi  and  to  be  reached  by  the  non-identification  with  one's  body  -mind  -intellect  complex.   This  is  a  state  where  there  is  no  ignorance  of  the  Self .  Since  ignorance  is  not  there ,desires  leading  to  thoughts  are  also  not  there. . This  is  a  state  of     full  awakening  and  is  called  as  
Actionlessness,  desirelessness  and  thoughtlessness. 

                 So  the  Lord  tells  Arjuna  ,who  had  earlier  wanted  to  run  away  from  the  battlefield   and  take  to  sannyasa  , that  this  state  of  actionlessness  can  be  attained  only  by  exhausting  his   existing vasanas   through  selfless  actions. . Arjuna  was  a  kshatriya   and  his  duty  was  to  fight  this  righteous  war  and  only  through  fighting  this  war  ,his  existing vasanas  could  be  exhausted. . Only   by exhausting  one's  existing  vasanas  by  selfless  actions  could  anyone  hope  to  reach  this  state. . Only  when  the  intellect  is  unattached  to  anything  ,  only  when  one  has  subdued  his  ego   and  whose  desires  have  left  him  for  good  that  one  could   this  state  of  complete  detachment  from  desires.

                It  is  the  mind  -intellect  which  claims  that  "  I am  a  doer '  and  I am  an  enjoyer  " . The  ego  gets  nourished  by  these  two  thoughts   and  then  one  gets  attached  to things  ,beings  and  situations. . So  the  most  important  pre-requisite   to  attain  the  state  of  thoughtlessness  is  to  exercise  self-control   both  at  the  sense  level  and  the  mental level.   So  scriptures  give  importance   to  the  disciplines  of  shama  and  dama .

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