Gita Daily Readings

27th November
Chapter XVIII: 11-12
Verily, it is not possible for an embodied being to abandon actions entirely; but he who relinquishes the rewards of actions is verily called a man of renunciation.

The threefold fruit of action (evil, good and mixed) accrues after death to the non-abandoners, but never to the abandoners.

Commentary

It is God's will that has brought spirit and matter into being. It is his will that sustains this world-play by the projection of his apparent diversity. The universe dances to his tunes. The individual's own body and mind, being part of the universe, are caught up in this cosmic dance; who but God himself can stop it? One who tries to stop the dance is egoistic and, therefore, cut off from God. That kind of renunciation is delusion.

The true man of renunciation, on the other hand, renounces the desire for reward. A little contemplation will reveal to us the utter stupidity of expecting a reward for something that is done by God's will, by his own instrument (each individual soul), with the help of objects of his own creation! It is as if "I" expected a reward for some work you have done, which is entirely illogical. Abandonment of this delusion is true renunciation. We then let God's will flow through us, without egoistic motive, and this itself is liberation or God-realization.

Karma binds only the deluded egoistic soul. It has no meaning in God's eyes; for he is the all-pervading, eternal being. He pervades heaven, hell and this world, but he also transcends them. It is only the deluded soul that believes it does something, expecting some reward. After death, it sometimes gets a good reward, sometimes an indifferent one and sometimes an evil one. To one who has abandoned egoism and does God's will without personal profit-motive, to whom the whole universe is God's own manifestation and this world-play is a solo act by God - there is no pain, no pleasure, no sin, no virtue, no hell, no heaven. Seen from that universal focus, which is God, all is divine harmony.

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