Friday, June 03, 2005

Karmanye Vadhikaraste Ma Phaleshu Kadachana...

As I was shifitng to new location, I just came across "Bhagavadgeetha As It Is by A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada" a classic of world literature, in my collection of books.
I had skimmed through it long back.I still remember the line that has the spirit/essence of the whole book for me.
"You have a right to perform your prescribed action,but you are not entitled to the fruits of your action.
Never consider yourself the cause of the results your activities,and never be associated to not doing your duty."

(Translated from Sanskrit:-"Karmanye Vadhikaraste Ma Phaleshu Kadachana,
Ma Karma Phala Hetur Bhurmatey Sangostva Akarmani")
How simple and how relevant even today.I think if Bhagavadgeetha is universally renowned as the jewel of India's spiritual wisdom , its because of Karma Yoga.You rarely find spiritual books/Gurus laying emphasis on doing your work.
Thats exactly what Krishna says here.Always do your best without expecting the results and you will be happy.
How beautiful...

Some short explanations
http://www.yogaville.org/Integral_Yoga/Karma/Karma.php
http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/karma/karmayoga.html

The book
http://www.thekrishnastore.com/Detail.bok?no=360

All about Krishna
http://www.krishna.com/

20 comments:

Praveen Kulkarni said...

TENA VINA TRINAMAPI NA CHALATI ...

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KRISHNAM VANDE JAGADGURUM ...
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Remember these ..??

ShreK said...

Sorry for tresspassing, but I came across your blog as I looked for the compete version of "Karmanye.."..

I just want to ask one thing:

Do you see that you have taken an incomplete explanation of the 'Sukta'?

Animesh said...

hey,
yours was a very insightful post on the relevance of the shloka..
once i also wrote on the same issue, from a different point of view... i hope u enjoy reading..
www.me-nemesh.blogspot.com

platonist said...

http://inherence.blogspot.com/2008_12_01_archive.html#5777084352587959030

ZodiacSystem said...

This shloka (is usually mis-interpreted). It actually says that you have right only to action but no control over the result of your action.

If the arrow leaves your bow (action) It may or may not hit the target. You have NO CONTROL over the result (hitting) i.e. where the arrow hits.

KrRahul said...

Very nice explanation, thanks a lot for reminding us of the oceans of wisdom lying in Hindu texts...

abhinav prasoon said...

go thru dis sumtime...
http://abhiprasoon.blogspot.com/2010/01/saaransh.html

Avadhoot Dandekar said...

It is good that Krishna is also a part of your name. But then you must also know the true meaning of the verse that you are referring to. Because our wrong understanding will result into our wrong actions and then the consequences of our wrong actions. If you have patience, please visit the below link:

http://www.enlightenedleadershipnow.com/Home/difference-between-a-leader-and-the-politician

Alternatively you can refer many and ask many other masters. But one should not stop and hold on to wrong meanings. One should not consider the milestone as our goal. Then our journey stops there only. Keep moving.

Best wishes,

Vinay Krishna said...

@ShreK & @ Avadhoot Dandekar, thx for your comments.
As far I know it's neither incorrect nor incomplete.
Are you disputing the translation in the book mentioned?
I think you need check your words

Avadhoot Dandekar said...

If you are so rigid and not open then only God or time can help you. I am not disputing the translation of the words. I am disputing the meaning YOU are giving. I am disputing the meaning YOU are carrying. I am disputing the interpretation that YOU are making. Thanks!

Vinay Krishna said...

Too many words sprinkled, but nothing said!
What are you trying to say? what's the meaning according to you?

Sex Education by Dr. Jain said...

What I have understood that it is impossible to seperate action from its action. Every action has got fixed result that no body who so ever it may be can seperate. Just imagine if one action has two or more results than what will happen. Is there any body who can remove my confusion.

Archiey said...

Hi .. Nice post .. Yeah .. a li'l away from the real meaning, yet You've managed to inspire so many poeple to comment, realize and remember the age old wisdom. Keep going.

and if your time permits, do visit
www.archiey.blogpsot.com


Thank you

Sivananda Thirumalai said...

Be in the present. you will do the karma cent persent perfect. The fruits are in the future. don't think of future while doing karma. (work)
Sivananda Thirumalai

ARVIND said...

It is diffcult to understand and accept in todays world, that you do your work without thinking of the benefits you will receive. But it is a great philosophy and if one really follow this will defenetely happy in his/her life.

Arvind

nayeem said...

where did you people fond spirituality,its clear philosophic

bhattathiri said...

One of the greatest contributions of India to the world is Holy Gita
which is considered to be one of the first revelations from God. The
spiritual philosophy and management lessons in this holy book were
brought in to light of the world by many great Indian saint's effort
and they call the Bhagavad-Gita the essence of Vedic Literature and a
complete guide to practical life. It provides "all that is needed to
raise the consciousness of man to the highest possible level."
Maharishi reveals the deep, universal truths of life that speak to the
needs and aspirations of everyone. The followers in your
establishment are continuing the mission by keeping this lantern
burning always knowing the wishes of the modern generations. Arjuna
got mentally depressed when he saw his relatives with whom he has to
fight.( Mental health has become a major international public health
concern now). To motivate him the Bhagavad-Gita is preached in the
battle field Kurukshetra by Lord Krishna to Arjuna as counseling to do
his duty while multitudes of men stood by waiting. Arjuna face the
problem of conflict between emotions and intellect. In almost all of
the cases, emotions win. Gita teaches Honesty, Sincerity, Truthfulness
etc. Integrity in public life requires perfect coordination,
synchronizationin thoughts, action and deeds.

Praveen Kulkarni said...

So many comments because searching "krishna + karmanye" will show your blog first. Either change your name or delete the blogpost ;-)

Nandakumar said...

The great words of the Lord are not always correctly interpreted. The Lord does not say "You are not entitled to the fruits of your action". He uses the verb "Ma" and not "Na". "Ma" in Sanskrit is used for "don't". Therefore the real meaning could be "even though there is the fruit, you don't go after it". This implies, whatever you deserve will anyway come to you and don't waste your time by going after it.

Lvish Taneja said...

You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action