Gita doesn’t ask you to renounce the world. Neither does it ask you to live a satvik life in the Himalayas. So, what does it ask of you?
Look, how brilliantly Ved Vyas Maharshi has set the stage for Bhagavad Gita. It was not said by a sage dressed in saffron nor was it said in a quiet ashram. But by a teacher who is married with kith and kin, the stage is nothing peaceful-it is a battlefield and the advice given was to wage the war.
What was the Maharshi thinking? The essence of the Upanishads could easily be retold in a more pacific setting but he chose otherwise. He did it again when he told the story of an Enlightened butcher who imparted knowledge to a Sage in Mahabharata.
What is he trying to convey? He is trying to teach us something very subtle. That it doesn’t matter what you do here but what matters is your Intention & Thought behind that action. How should you act and what should be your thought?
So, in Chapter 14- he explains the gunas in detail
- Their source
- How they bind you to the perishables
- What causes them
- How they come in cycles
- How to identify which is predominant at the moment
- What would happen to you if you favour one over the other
- What would be the fruits of action performed in these modes
- How should you be when the gunas are in action
- Characteristics of those who have transcended the three gunas(14:22-25)
At last, Gita recommends you to transcend all three. How do you do that? Now when these are in action, you witness them and do not own their actions nor their consequences.
Who transcends these gunas? Who believes and thinks
Naiva Kincit Karomiti-“I am doing nothing at all”
Now….You may ask:”what am I to do with these” “Do I keep telling myself I am doing nothing at all”
Just by repeating, no change would come by. If you believe you are what you think then only pay attention to those thoughts that don’t paralyse you. Those would be satvik in nature and slowly such thoughts would multiply.
If you keep practising the above. You will know this-
- That you have the power over your thoughts(whatever they may be in nature(sattva, rajas, tamas))
- You can choose over them
- You are giving power to the thoughts of your choice
- When you do not pay attention, they die down.
So you can safely come to this conclusion that the gunas/modes are not YOU. Also, You should be someone above them in authority.
With this knowledge, stop owning them. You are not the action nor the result. The gunas are doing their job and they are in your field of awareness.
So, whatever needs to be done, the body & mind combined would do it. We aren’t helping anyone here so we needn’t boast about it or vice versa.
Finally, give credit where its due.Don’t take it on you 🙂