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Gita Lesson - 0802: Inaction after Action

Bhagavad Gita
Unit - 08
Lesson - 0802: Inaction after Action
By Raja Subramaniyan

The treatment is to be continued until we completely regain our health. After crossing the two milestones of getting matured mind by doing Karma Yoga (following Active Dharma) and gaining self-knowledge (following Passive Dharma), one starts leading life joyfully.

Joyful Living is the final state of health. There is nothing more to be done. Therefore, after reaching this stage, one feels completeness. The feeling of inadequateness or insecurity is no more.

There are no more duties for such a person. He does not need to do any action for achieving anything in life. This happens automatically. This is the end goal.

Teaching 40: There are no duties for the one who has gained self-knowledge

Those who have not reached will be motivated by their desires to be in action.

Example: A child is happy when a chocolate is given to it. Even before eating the chocolate, the child is happy because it possesses an object of pleasure. It may not seek another chocolate!

Similarly, the person who has regained his health is happy with himself. He does not seek anything from the external world for him to be happy. Therefore, he does not have to do any action. He has no duties to perform.

In fact, the child may want more chocolates even though it still holds the other chocolate in the hand. Similar attitude can be observed in most people. Even though they got what they want, still there will be a sense of incompleteness. This is not the case for the one who is living joyfully. He is completely happy with himself and fully contended all the time.

He is fully independent and does not require anything from anyone. Therefore, he does not have to be in action nor has a compulsion to remain inactive.

Chapter 3: Karma Yoga [Verses: 17 - 18]

3.17 However, for one who is taking pleasure in the self, who is illumined in the self, who rejoices in and is satisfied with the self only, fully contended, for him there is no duty.

3.18 A self-realized man has no purpose to fulfill in the discharge of his prescribed duties, nor has he any reason not to perform such work. Nor has he any need to depend on any other living being.

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