Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha tackles one of the most important, oft-quoted and sadly misinterpreted verses in Bhagavad Gita, 2.47, with tremendous depth of insight and wisdom.
Vaporizing all misconceptions, Swamiji clarifies that Krishna's message to Arjuna (and to all of us active individuals in the world), is that our fitness is for the active life of karma yoga, as we are not yet ripe for the contemplational life of exclusive Knowledge pursuit. Whatever comes to be done, we should do with no delusional clinging to either the work or its outcome. Neither should we cling to remaining inactive, or shun whatever is necessary to be done. The most crucial part of this verse, is that we should not shrink our minds to only consider the short-term, objective results of our work. We must instead develop an expansive and universal outlook, understanding that every single activity we perform is part of the greater, revolving wheel of Creation.
With a wholesome masterliness that leaves one almost breathless, Swamiji deftly draws crucial verses from different chapters of the Gita to reinforce and solidify this message. Ultimately, Swamiji leaves us with no doubt that this text not only provides all the answers, but also the explanations for all the answers. Nothing else is required, except the guidance of the Wise One who himself lives and breathes the Bhagavad Gita.
Verses explained by Swamiji - Bhagavad Gita 2.47
References used -
Bhagavad Gita 2.45, 3.5, 3.16, 18.40, 3.9, 3.19, 3.20, 9.27, 18.46
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Those days, there were many rats staying in various pockets of the tiled roof. My room had a very low ceiling and I could even touch the roof tiles. At night, I would see big, big rats running around just near me.
I got back to my daily chores, but the scene remained in my mind – the old man’s wrinkled face, his gleaming eyes, the contentment he enjoyed, his refusal to accept more than ‘his minimum needs’! How many of us can take such a stand?
Bhakti is not so much in the worship with flowers, garlands, lamps or incense sticks. Neither it is in chanting His names and praises. It is verily in living and acting according to the wish of the Lord, pleasing Him, imbibing qualities and attitudes that He wants us to imbibe.