Never Abandon Your Duty; Doing Duties, Experience Bliss (July 1, 2008)
- 1st June, 2008, Tuesday
Aashaad Krishna Trayodashi, Vikram Samvat 2065, Mangalvar
With reference to enlightened souls that have attained perfection
through the Discipline of Action, God declares in Gita 3:17-18 that
there is no duty for an enlightened soul, as his delight,
satisfaction and contentment is in his own self. Such a soul has
nothing to do with the performance or non-performance of actions in
this world, and he has no relation with anyone that is due to
selfishness. Inspite of that, that great soul, continues to perform
actions for the welfare of the world.
Similarly God declares for Himself that there is nothing that is to
be done by Him, yet He remains engaged in action for the welfare of
the world. It means that an enlightened soul has oneness with God
(Gita 14:2) and just as God plays the exemplary role in the three
worlds, (Gita 3:23, Gita 4:11), similarly an enlightened soul is
also the exemplary role model in this world (Gita 3:25).
In Gita 3:22 God uses the term "Varta eva ca karmaani", "Eva"
meaning that He performs duties (actions) enthusiastically,
promptly, carefully, thoroughly, and without being lazy. "I neither
abandon my duties, nor am I indifferent to them."
Just as the compartments of a train, being connected to the engine,
follow the engine, similarly, God, Saints, and Great Souls (those
that have no desire to do or to attain something), perform their
duty, by which other people follow them. In many men, there is
desire to do and to acquire something or the other. By performing
one's duties, without expecting any reward, these desires can go
away. If God and the Saints did not perform their duty, then other
people will also not do their duty, whereby they will become
indolent and negligent and begin to engage in forbidden actions !
Then how will their desires go away. It is for this reason that
duty is automatically and naturally taking place through God and
Saints for the welfare of humanity.
At all times God remains engrossed and devoted to His duties.
Therefore devoted aspirants must never abandon their duties. By
performing their duties regularly and at all times, they will
easily experience the bliss of God or God Realization.
From "The Bhagavad Gita - Sadhak Sanjivani" in Gita 3:22, in Hindi
pg 191, in English pg 333 by Swami Ramsukhdasji
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