Saturday, September 19, 2015

[gita-talk] Daily Bhagavad Gita Message (Gita 18-48)


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Daily Bhagavad Gita Message  

Gita 18-48

sahajaṁ karma kaunteya sadoṣamapi na tyajet
sarvārambhā hi doṣeṇa dhūmenāgnirivāvṛtāḥ

O Kaunteya (Arjuna), one should not abandon one's own duty, even though it may have flaws,  for all undertakings are clouded by defects, as fire is by smoke.


Because of the attachment to forbidden actions or due to enjoyment of pleasures against the ordinance of the scripture, performance of duty, sanctioned by the scriptures  seems difficult. In fact actions sanctioned by the scriptures are innate and natural, no extra effort is required.
From the forty-first verse to this verse, the terms 'svakarma', 'svadharma' and 'sahaja karma' have been used. From this it is proved that the Gītā regards 'svakarma' (one's own duty), 'sahaja karma' (innate duty) as 'svadharma' (one's own duty) (Gita 2/31).
Actions which are sanctioned by the scriptures are certainly tainted with some blemish, but if an aspirant has no desire, does not hanker after pleasures then he does not get tainted with blemish. It means that whether the doer is tainted with blemish or not, depends on his intention; as-- if a surgeon has good intention of serving the patient rather than earning money, while performing a surgical operation, even if he cuts the part of the patient's body, yet he is not tainted with blemish, but instead his act is regarded virtuous because he performs the operation selflessly for the good of the patient.

From Gita Prabodhani in Hindi, by Swami Ramsukhdasji

Ram Ram


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