Nature acts for the liberation of souls—not
merely to display her own glory.
—Brahma Sutra Bhasya of Shankaracharya
Krishna’s thesis in the entire Gita
is that a mere running away from life and its duties is not renunciation.
The actionless state is reached when we do not identify ourselves with
the three instruments of false interpretation of Truth—the body, the mind,
and the intellect. To regain our life in pure Consciousness is the Supreme
When we forget our spiritual dignity, the
misconception of the ego arises; we lose our real individuality and come
to believe that we are merely the limited ego. Such self-forgetfulness
can be observed in any drunken reveler. He forgets his individual personality
and status in life and assumes a false identity and continues to be in
it as long as he is in a state of intoxication. In his false sense of
himself, the drunken fool acts…
The ego arises when we are ignorant and
forgetful of our spiritual nature. When this ignorance is ended, there
is the experience of infinite bliss of the all-full Consciousness. Naturally
there is no want felt, and therefore no desire can arise. Where desires
are absent, the thought-breedings end. When thoughts are dried up, actions—the
parade of thoughts marching out through the archway of the body—are no
more. This state is called “actionless.”
No undertaking is a new act that has an
individual beginning or end. All actions in the world are in an eternal
pattern of the total world movements. If correctly analyzed, we see that
our undertakings are controlled, regulated, governed and ordered by the
available world of things and situations. Apart from the all, no individual
action is undertaken or can be fulfilled by anyone.
We should be conscious of this fact and work
in the world as an independent agent in the undertaking. The inaugurator
is the Lord. He inaugurated this cycle of creation and set it in motion
and we should recognize that all our undertakings are mere links in the
great chain of action coming from the immemorial past into the immediate
present and flowing into the infinite future.
Grace is only to be found by effort, although
it is here and now.
We are all working to get out of the dream of the world of work. Man's experience in the world is to enable him to get out of its whirlpool.
If you can invariably take the pose of a giver, whereby everything given by you is a free offering to the world without any thought of return, then will your work bring you no attachment. Attachment comes only where we expect a return.
If one is so interested in this play,
one will always be in the playground.
Work is inevitable. It must be so. But we should work to the highest purpose...Work incessantly, but give up all attachment to work. Do not identify yourself with anything. Hold your mind free. All that you see, the pains and miseries, are but the necessary conditions of this world. Poverty and wealth and happiness are but momentary. They do not belong to our real naure at all.
To be free in the world
you must be free of the world. Otherwise your past decides for
you and your future. Between what had happened and what must happen you
are caught. Call it destiny or karma but never freedom. First return
to your true being and then act from the heart of love.
—Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The only duty of a human being is to know
one's true self. To know the true self is realization of God.
Life is a challenge; meet it.
Life is love; share it.
Life is a dream; realize it.
Life is a game; play it.