Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12 Verse 10


अभ्यासेऽप्यसमर्थोऽसि मत्कर्मपरमो भव ।
मदर्थमपि कर्माणि कुर्वन्सिद्धिमवाप्स्यसि ॥१२-१०॥

 

Transliteration:

Lord Krishna tells Arjuna: if you find indulgence in yoga not within your competence, if after all your efforts you find it difficult to establish control over five senses and mind then indulge in karma yoga (not nishkama karma yoga)… with an inherent feeling that all karma was directed towards God Almighty. You were only being an instrument in affairs of God Almighty.

 

Whatever karma was necessitated to reach God… indulge only in that karma! Submit yourself in totality to God Almighty and in that act whatever karma was necessitated… indulge only in that! Do not indulge in any karma relating to material world. Lord Krishna emphasized to Arjuna that while doing so and remaining engrossed in Almighty all the time… you would one day realize him, reach stage of Siddhi (Nirvikalpa Samadhi)… become a Siddha in right earnestness.

 

The Explanation:

In Bhagavad Gita chapter 12 verse 10 Lord Krishna advises Arjuna that there were many paths to God Almighty. If we failed to travel one path… then we could follow another! As per Lord Krishna if it was not within our means to follow a particular path of yoga (primarily path of bhakti yoga or jnana yoga) then we could follow path of karma that necessitated indulging in karma only for sake of God Almighty, never the manifest human senses.

 

On path of nishkama karma… one was required to offer fruits of karma performed to God Almighty all the time! But if nishkama karma was not our path… we could indulge in karma that was solely meant for God Almighty. Working with an unattached attitude if we indulged in karma only for sake of reaching God, we would definitely reach God, realize God one day! Working with an unattached attitude was one of the most important ingredients of spiritual travel.

 

Right karma can be indulged only by a serious seeker of spirituality… one who believed that everything contained in cosmos belonged to God Almighty. When everything in cosmos was gaseous formation and nothing belonged to human beings at any stage of life… over soul atman, the spirit within was all the time governing. We as a soul atman indulged in worship of God Almighty to cleanse self of dross impurities within.

 

When everything in cosmos belonged to God Almighty including our true inner self, the karma indulged by individual human beings also belonged to God Almighty. Our act of karma was God Almighty acting through us. We only offered God that truly belonged to him all the time. Working with an unattached attitude amounted to working selflessly for the sake of God Almighty. We were only doing our duty towards God Almighty.

 

If we indulged in right karma with a selfless attitude, Lord Krishna says to Arjuna, thee shall reach stage of Samadhi… Siddhi within this lifetime! Lord Krishna makes it emphatically clear that human beings were bound to indulge in karma… no matter what! But indulging in karma with an unattached, selfless attitude is what propelled us towards God Almighty. When not a single trace of ignorance remained within human beings… one reached stage of Siddhi forever!

 

Lord Krishna says: O puny human beings… you were never the doer of things cosmic. In every act of karma, God Almighty was always the true owner of all things cosmic. We were only an instrument in the hands of God Almighty all the time. It is only by doing his bidding rightly… one finally reached stage of Samadhi… Siddhi!

 

Commentary by: Vijay Kumar “Atma Jnani”… The Man who Realized God in 1993 – April 19, 2013

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