योगस्थ: कुरु कर्माणि सङ्गं त्यक्त्वा धनञ्जय | सिद्ध्यसिद्ध्यो: समो भूत्वा समत्वं योग उच्यते ||
Continuing from where I left my last article, Lord Krishna is telling Arjuna to be steadfast – i.e loyally committed to his responsibility, without budging an inch from his course of responsibilities irrespective of the situation.
For attaining this state of equanimity one has to be able to rise above your limitations, emotional involvement and anything else that may be causing hurdles in your way of attaining the goals.
Krishna seems to have given us the right approach to handle all the ups and downs, uncertainties of today’s world. Imagine that you are sailing in the boat in the ocean, it’s quite natural for the boat to cradle and shake every time a wave hits it. But each time the waves deviate the direction of the boat & you get perturbed by the action for which you are not responsible for, then your miseries would be endless. Instead of implementing a course correction, you would end up brooding about the problem & not taking the required action of steering the boat in the right direction, ending up delaying your journey.
The same principle applies to your work life too. The waves in form of practical hurdles viz not getting the correct appraisal from your boss, someone else getting promoted though you deserved it, not being sent on offsite, office politics, increments, bonuses try to deviate your paths to greater glory at work. If you allow your mind to get affected by it will further reduce your chances to a better outcome because you have lost the track of your share of responsibilities.
According to me, the hidden meaning to Krishna’s words in the above verse is that we ‘should learn to focus more on our duties than our rights!’ This is what even most of the modern social thinkers propagate. Choosing your duties over your rights would bring the desired balance in your Life. Be it our social lives, personal lives or our work lives. The entire idea of a ‘Welfare state” stands on this basic principle and an old adage that goes ” If we all discharge our duties, rights will not be far to seek”.
What if by chance one fails to achieve results with the positive flow chart ? Let’s try to understand this with an easy example. Suppose you have a barrel with an inlet opening above and an outlet opening below and it works only one way like a queue system. You start putting sour grapes from the top inlet and after some time you start to put some apples. After that you again put sour grapes till the barrel is full of the fruit. You now want to get the fruit out from the outlet. Irrespective of how many apples you put in later, until the sour grapes in aren’t over the apples won’t start coming out.
If you get upset about not getting apples, and start putting sour grapes again ! What will happen? The moment your apples are over, the sour grapes would start coming out again!!
Now consider sour grapes to be your negetive actions/deeds & apples to be your good actions/deeds.
This is exactly what happens in our lives too. If we don’t remain steadfast while putting our apples and get shaken when receiving the grapes, we create a cycle of not getting apples in the future.
We get stressed by the fact that we fail to understand when we put the grapes? Sometimes we haven’t!
Why is it so then?
That’s because the queue of karma is not just confined to one birth, it’s beyond births and hence beyond our understanding. So instead of getting stressed with not getting desired results, if we focus on putting more efforts then we would create better chances for great apples!
So guys, there is nothing you cannot achieve, there is nothing you cannot fulfil.
Stay focused, Stay steadfast, Stay positive, Don’t attach yourself to the results and Bring in the magic of Karma in your Life!
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