Shree Hari Ram Ram
We are clearing the pending queue, therefore the extra postings today. Ram Ram
I've been reading and following gita for the past couple of years, the peace and
clarity i achieved is simply amazing.
Unfortunately a simple question is rankling my brain ever since i graduated from
My area of focus is networking software. But of late i've been receiving job
offers in web development, linux admin positions..etc, which is not my area of
specialization. Though I have done those jobs in the past, but don't want to do
Its not about the money or anything else. Its just that i dont have the passion
to that kind of jobs anymore.
A true karmayogi is not attached to anything. Ever since i started followed gita
the first thing i gave up is desire and ego.
Am i deviating from the path of karma yoga by selectively choosing the jobs.
Should i do the jobs i receive as lord's will or should i go ahead and choose
the jobs where i have done a lot of research.
You are Krishna and you do what you are destined to do. Since you have already
travelled far along the path of desire-free, attachment-free and ego-free life,
you will, if you are so destined, soon seee that you will lose attachment to
both of the following:
(a) the desire to get a particular job and the dislike for another kind of work
- you will develop equanimity and will not prefer one to the other.
(b) the worry whether you are doing the correct thing or not about taking up one
type of job or another.
The way you may ultimately get over the above to attachments is that you will
either stick to your current job and stop trying for or responding to new
offers, or take up any of the new job that comes your way or wait for another
new offer that attracts you more than the offers that you have till now. And,
what ever you choose to do, you will not decide on the assumption that you are
assured of a future career you desire because you have stopped desiing any
particular future career.
Meanwhile, just think that what you are currently doing in terms of analysing
the various offers ad their applications as a good deed academically and your
learnings that God has destined for you. You can also continue to remain
undecided about what you should do in terms of taking new offers or not till one
day you may suddenly decide one way or the other as per your destiny.
If you believe that your future is designed by God, you would know that what you
are doing - thinking and worrying is also the design of God. And, the various
responses you are getting from the Yahoo Gita-Sadhak Group are also a part of
the design of God to lead you to your next step in your career. God is always
with you. Along with being desire-less, attachment-less and ego-less, you may
soon become worry-less and fear-less.
Hari Om. Ram Ram,.
What comes to you- an opportunity or termination of your job is PRASAD from Bagavan. Always keep in mind , "You are NOT Kartha (Doer) of anything" and happiness and peace remains in you. Another way looking at: how many things happened due to your effort? If it happened, still because of conducive situation Bagavan provided. If it did not happen, 1) you are not entitled because of your karma. 2) Bagavan did not want you to venture in it as it might result in disaster.
Lotus pond looks very pleasing. But when one enters to pluck it, may loose his life. Marriage is very pleasant for the bride, bridegroom, their parents, relatives ETc celebrated grandly. Result- short lived happiness of the bodies and long living sufferings for bride or the bridegroom in many cases. Even taking well matched couple, the sufferings are there, as if one gets home late agony, if one falls sick agony, if some one abuses agony, children not caring good habits agony, sister in law, brother in laws and all laws frame their own laws is agony. But we all live in these, because it is Bagavan Prasad. Taking it like that, everything gives joy. You are not decision maker. Leave it to Bagavan. Let what may come- take it. Let what may go- leave it.
Shree Hari Ram Ram
Preferences are nothing but likes and dislikes. Swamiji and Gitaji both says that preferences (likes and dislikes) are traps. Just like the monkey traps his hands in a pot of nuts, we trap ourselves with the likes and dislikes (preferences)
Swamiji says - Our activities should not be influenced by preferences (likes and dislikes), rather they must be in accordance with the scriptures. When we have preferences (likes-dislikes i.e. duality) we are generally considering the ever-changing world as permanent.
The outcome of actions undertaken under the influence of preferences is not very good because we develop attachment to those actions that we like, thus we cannot find faults / flaws in them. Whereas those actions we dislike, we do not see any good qualities in them. Preferences are self created. Actions must be undertaken with discrimination (vivek).
It is only on being free of preferences (likes and dislikes), that we are able to see the true nature of a thing.
For a Karma Yogi, everything belongs to the world, therefore what preferences?
In reality, everything is divine, but because of preferences (likes and dislikes), it appears as inert. If preferences (likes
and dislikes) were absent, then besides divinity there is nothing else existing.
How amazing is this point that Swamiji has brought out!
Jai Shri Hari
NarinderJi, I really love your approach and feel very happy reading your responses.
The shloka 4:19 ("YASYA SARVE SAMAARAMBHA KAAM SANKALP VARJITAAH") does allow a kermayogi to start any new task (e.g. change the job in your case) without any selfish desire and determination (i.e. sankalp) where as bhaktiyogis (being totally dependent upon the God) and gyaanyogis (thinking prakriti does everything) do not bring in their own desires in starting any new task ("SARVAARAMBHA PARITYAAGI" - 12:16 & 14:25).
With Love & Regards
This is in response to a question from a sadhaka.
Work done for the welfare of others, without any attachment to the fruits of the action is Karma Yoga. Lord Krishna advises us in Bhagavad Gita to do the action.
Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita,
Ma phalesu kadacana,
Ma karma phala heturbhur,
Ma te sango stvakarmani. " ( Gitaji, 2, 47)
'You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but not to the fruits of the action. Do not consider yourself the cause of the results of your action. Never be attached to , not doing your duty. '
Our mission is to act, for the welfare of mankind, not worrying about the results.
Geeta verse 7/3 defines Karma Yoga as follows:
Yaha tu Indriyani Manasa Niyamya Arabhate Arjuna,
Karmendriyaihi Karmayogam,Asaktaha Saha Vishishyate.
It simply and clearly means that you have to control your mind to refrain from
craving and aversion towards any type of work. So if you have preference towards
particular work, while doing so you should not develope aversion towards other
type; and do the work you would like to do without attachment i.e.with full
It will also be advisable to read a booklet by Swami Vivekanand on Karma-Yoga
available with Ram-krishna Mission; you will get clarity on your question and
guidance on whichever work you are doing.
With Good Wishes,
Kridhnaji is asking
"Am i deviating from the path of karma yoga by selectively choosing the jobs.
The answer is no, you are not deviating, provided, karmas are done without assuming/believing/
Next question is:
Should i do the jobs I receive as lord's will or should I go ahead and choose the jobs where I have done a lot of research."
Again, if your karmas are guided by Dharma all the time, you will get guidance to choose those jobs which you should and love to do, and contribute positively along with making a living for family.
When you do so, it is really God that is doing it to accomplish what He wants to do it(greater good) while taking care of the instrument-you. BG 9:22, "yoga ksemam vahamyaham".
A practical approach to adopt as 'understanding ' for a day to day Living would be :
At any point of time, consider all that you may have gone through in life as Destiny,or the Writ of Vasudeva; and whatever Existence presents as the situation in This Moment Now, is the situation for your action. Is for you to choose.
This would enable you to ' de-involve ' from your past ( regrets, guilt etc ) , and hence tackle the situation of the Moment more objectively. And no sooner is your action of the Moment over, the ' Now ' has also slipped into the Past ! And the past ? it was all ordained... it was destined....
And so..... your action... your doing was ..... is.... only an illusion....
Also, some day, this will enable you to move into the ultimate wisdom that All that happens is the Existence's doing... Existence's writ.... and, you, as an integral part of the Existence only carry out Existence's writ. You are not other than Existence ! Thus are you freed from 'Doing', and move into 'not-doing '.... wherein all just happens, as it must .All doubts drop. Krishna smiles ......... so does krishna ...........!
As long as the Jiva is in duality, The paradox between Action and Destiny can never be resolved ! Only, when duality comes to an end, when the Self is realised as 'One-ness ; is the paradox resolved in the understanding that the two( action and destiny ) are also One, separated only by Time, which is only a Mental construct ; Time is a âmythâ and has no reality really !
Till then, The above is a practical resolution of Action and Destiny .
the spiritual Path is the way........ the bhagvada geetha shows us the way.........
and, blessed are you, krishna.....
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