... Ashwin Shukla Navami, Vikram Samvat 2063, Ravivar 1st October, 2006, Sunday Gist: Though inaction is superior to action, it is not the goal. TillMessage 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2006View Source:Shree Hari:
Ashwin Shukla Navami, Vikram Samvat 2063, Ravivar
1st October, 2006, Sunday
Gist: Though inaction is superior to action, it is not the goal. Till attachment to the body persists, non-performance of action is also action. The real essence (conscious Self) is free from inclination and abstention both. The Self remains the same at all times. It is an untainted illuminator of both activity and inactivity and transcends beyond both.
The Self - An Untainted Illuminator
In Gita, it is said "For him (karma yogi), there is no gain whatsoever, in the performance or non-performance of action in this world." (Gita 3-18)
A vital fact here is that a spiritual aspirant attaches importance to a state of no action. They want to be in a trance (Samadhi), being completely detached from all actions, so that no thoughts are left to act. This is excellent and beneficial no doubt, but not a principle truth. Though inaction is superior to action, it is not the goal.
Both inclination to act and abstaining from acting are within the realm of nature, even upto "nirvikalpa samadhi". Even a deviation from trance involves action and without action such deviations are impossible. Every action takes place in nature (prakriti). The real essence (conscious Self) is free from inclination and abstention both. The Self is an untainted illuminator of action and inaction both.
Till attachment to the body persists, non-performance of action is also action. Both "run" and "stand" are verbs that involve an activity, even though in the latter one, the activity is not apparent. The question of performance and non-performance of actions arise only when a man has affinity with the body.
An enlightened soul has no affinity for nature and it's evolutes, and realizes the Self, which transcends both activity and non activity. The Self remains the same at all times.
From "Srimad Bhagavad Gita - Sadhak Sanjivani" in English by Swami Ramsukhdasji
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