Daily Bhagavad Gita

Daily Bhagvad Gita: Salvation & Deliverance Through Day to Day Work

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Today people find it very difficult to use the ethics and moral principles in day to day life. This difficulty arises because at times we interact with people who do not abide by these principles and moral ethics. Also, these difficulty appears when people need to act against those principles due to some external factors like other person’s behaviour, expectations of society or surrounding conditions. This results in damages and losses to people whose action reflect these values.

Also, many people believe that these principles and morals are something that has been derived from the conditions that were prevailing years ago. After that, there has been a lot of change in the technology and way of living life. That has resulted in the difficulty to follow what was derived on the basis of the conditions in existence in past. Making these scared values irrelevant in modern-day life.

Moreover, when people choose to ignore these moral principles, they feel everlasting guilt inside their mind for not following up the ethics. For example, we all should speak the truth but there might be scenarios where a person is required to speak a lie to save himself from the behaviour of another person. Now at times, people feel guilty of speaking lies. This guilts turns into the worry and worry turns into the seed of depression, demotivation, or discouragement. As a result, due to these negative emotions and forces inside us, people lose their productivity, proficiency and perception. Now it is important to understand in these sort of scenario what a person should do to save himself from going against the ethical principles and still tackling the situation so that he shouldn’t suffer the consequences.

To understand this, we have brought you this series. Wherein, we will be providing the simplest solution of tackling such situations, maybe it in your office, home, or outside, and still complying with your ethical principles and moral codes.

 

Today we are going to talk about The Salvation, The Deliverance, The Redemption, Moksha, Mukti, etc. These all are same that is freedom and atonement from bad deeds. Many times, we, indeliberately, perform some act which hurts or impacts negatively to other people. In such cases, it becomes utmost for us to atone our negative deeds. It is required to be done not because some religious text says so but it must be done because we are humans and it is our responsibility to do so. Then only we can call our selfs social being.

It is a very common misconception that we can attain that deliverance, from our negative deeds, only be renouncing all material attachments, in other words, by being a saint. However, that utterly wrong. We are in this world to achieve or fulfil some task or objective. Renouncing everything is not a solution to the problem. We need to understand our greater goal and need to act in that direction.

In Bhagwad Gita also, it is said that there are three ways to achieve the redemption or Moksha i.e. by Karma Yog, Sanyas Yog and Bhakti Yog. In other words, by performing the good deeds, by renouncing the material attachments and become selfless and by devoting oneself fully to the god. There is no difference in any of the three. In Verse 4 of Chapter 5 of Bhagwad Gita, it is said that Only the ignorant speak of sānkhya renunciation of actions, or karma sanyās) and Karma Yog (work in devotion) as different. Those who are truly learned say that by applying ourselves to any one of these paths, we can achieve the results of both.

साङ्ख्ययोगौ पृथग्बाला: प्रवदन्ति न पण्डिता: | एकमप्यास्थित: सम्यगुभयोर्विन्दते फलम् || 4|| sānkhya-yogau pṛithag bālāḥ pravadanti na paṇḍitāḥekamapyāsthitaḥ samyag ubhayor vindate phalam
Chapter 5
Verse 4

In older times also, there were kings and prominent persons like Prahlad, Dhruv, Ambarish, Prithu, Vibheeshan, Yudhishthir, etc who attainted the Salvation by performing their task and deeds. It is important to understand Karma Yog fully in order to perform it efficiently. It is well said in Verse 47 of Chapter 2 of Bhagwad Gita “You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction. “

कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन | मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि || 47 || karmaṇy-evādhikāras te mā phaleṣhu kadāchana mā karma-phala-hetur bhūr mā te saṅgo ’stvakarmaṇi
Chapter 2
Verse 47

To attain salvation by Karma Yog, we need to perform our duties diligently. Duties can be our day to day chores, office work, parent’s or family’s responsibilities, etc. Whatever task we are entrusted with is required to be performed without any doubt with full commitment. Not only that, but we are also required to not to expect the fruits of that task. By doing so, we will be donating whatever actions we perform. Now let’s understand with an example while working in the office, we need to perform all the office task and projects diligently and honestly without the expectation of extra bonus or appreciation over the performance of that task or project. By doing so, we will be donating the task performed to the company. Although we are getting a salary for the same, still we need not expect one and hence whatever amount we get as a salary will be the fruit given by the god from his side.

The important is performance and non-expectation. This will convert all our actions into actions of donation and doing so much of donation we will attain salvation by Karma Yog.

In nutshell, to attain salvation, no need to go on the path of sanyas i.e. renunciation. We can also achieve by performing Karma Yog i.e. perform your actions with will full honesty and pure thoughts without expecting the fruits of that action. Even while working we need to give away the pride of doership i.e. we are not required to say or feel that this task is done by me or I am doing this task. Rather, we need to focus on that this task is performed on the will of God.

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