| VERSES FROM THE BHAGAVAD GITA|
And I see forebodings of evil, O Krishna. I do not foresee any good in killing our own relatives in the sacrifice of battle.
In my confusion I feel desolation. In my self-pity, I see not the way of dharma. I am your disciple; I take refuge in you. Teach me what is right for me.
You have the right to work only, but not for the results of work. Do not let your motivation for action be influenced by reward, and do not become attached to inaction. |
Perform work in this world Arjuna, as a man established within himself—without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat. For yoga is perfect evenness of mind. (EE)
When a person attains peace, all suffering caused by the unbalanced mind ceases. And the mind remains firmly fixed in the wisdom of the Self.
A person does not reach the actionless state by not working; nor does one attain perfection by mere renunciation.|
All actions are performed by the qualities of nature, the three gunas. But one whose mind is deluded by egoism thinks, “I am the doer.”|
Offer all your work to Me with your mind on the supreme Self. Free from vain hopes and selfish thoughts, without mental agitation, fight your battle.
And do your duty, even if it be humble rather than another’s, even if it be great. To die in one’s duty is life: to live in another’s is death. (JM)