Without desire, will one be motivated to act?
- From: Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita
By Swami Rama
WITHOUT DESIRE FOR FRUITS OF ACTIONS,
WILL ONE BE MOTIVATED TO ACT?
Intellectuals raise the question: If one does not desire the fruits
of action, will he be motivated to act? In response to this question,
the sages who have trodden the path and graciously left their
footprints for us to follow have said again and again, "Have a desire
so that you perform the action, but do not have a selfish desire, for
selfish desire is the very source of misery, but selfless desire
brings joy and makes you free." When surrendering the fruits of
actions becomes the basis of one's life, he knows nothing but giving.
And at that stage further knowledge is not needed, for one has
already attained the goal of life. He realizes his oneness and lives
in that realization. Therefore, give up all the fruits of your
actions to others and live in perennial happiness.