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should not abandon, Oh Arjuna, the duty to which one is born, though faulty; for, all
"beginnings" are enveloped by evil, as fire by smoke.
He whose intellect is unattached everywhere, who has subdued his self, from whom desire has fled - he, by renunciation, attains the supreme state of freedom from action.
The previous injunction is reinforced. The goal of Gita yoga is detached dynamism, egoless activity. Dynamism and detachment, efficiency and egolessness are possible only if one applies oneself to one's innate talents and faculties, if one discovers oneself, instead of struggling to imitate someone else. Abandoning them and looking for something else decreases efficiency and feeds the ego.
With the exception of those who are born, for unknown reasons, into the "wrong" families, the vast majority of human beings find it easier to carry on the professions natural to them. It is "in the blood," as we say. Hence, the carpenter's son has great chances of shining as a skilful carpenter. Barring exceptions, if he attempts to become a singer:
The correct understanding of this makes life clear and enables you to live in total harmony and bliss.
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