Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

127 – Bhagavad Gita – Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha – Understanding Action and Inaction 02

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In this talk, Swamiji discusses Karma (action) and Akarma (inaction), presented in the fourth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. Swamiji’s threadbare analysis inspires the listeners to understand, absorb and apply it in their own lives.

All actions (physical, mental and intelligential), in reality, are in the objective sphere alone. But the Self is non-acting. The ‘I’ (the Self) in us, remains the same; It remains unaffected. Giving references from the other chapters of Bhagavad Gita, Swamiji explains that all activities are performed by the three gunas of Prakriti. The ‘I’ does not do anything.

There is a way of living in the world without being bound by it and there is a way of working without getting affected, says Swamiji. How can one perform all activities but still remain a non-doer? When one is able to abandon the clinging to the pleasant or unpleasant results of actions, when one can work being free of expectations, ego and possessiveness, then he is a non-doer. This inner refinement and orientation makes the mind light and joyous.

A knower of Truth may be immensely active in the world. But whatever he does throughout the day, he remains unaffected. He works with the knowledge that the ‘I’ in him is not involved or affected. In the inmost ‘I’ level, no action takes place and no effect of actions falls there. He will know that it is the body alone which is active and in the Soul level no activity takes place. Such a person is ever-contented, ever-free and ever-joyous.

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