ब्रह्मण्याधाय कर्माणि सङ्गं त्यक्त्वा करोति यः ।
लिप्यते न स पापेन पद्मपत्रमिवाम्भसा ॥५-१०॥
In Bhagavad Gita chapter 5 verse 10 Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that human beings who saw karma as part of God Almighty never attached self to fruits of karma performed! Remaining unattached to karma performed, one could live in Grihastha ashram (family life) as a recluse! For reaching God in present life, one need not leave confines of home!
Rather living in the family… one could always perform karma with an unattached attitude! By doing so… one lived life like a petal of Lotus, always remaining aloof from fruits of karma performed. Such acts of karma as per Lord Krishna never increased dross impurities within… rather decreased dross impurities within step-by-step in stages!
Indulgence in karma was something that no spiritual traveler could ever avoid. Just by remaining inactive… one could never forego indulgence in karma! Karma was always inherent in every form of life. Even if we wanted to remain inert… we could never practice it in real life! As per Lord Krishna… a true sanyasi always indulged in nishkama karma yoga to reach logical end of cosmic life… stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally salvation (moksha)!
Lord Krishna advising warrior Arjuna to indulge in karma simply meant… facing the enemy head-on! Lord Krishna advises Arjuna to engage the enemy in the battlefield with full ferocity… never thinking of invoking papa karma ever. Lord Krishna says that to win battle of Dharma (righteousness) against evil forces of adharma (lawlessness), even if he incurred sin… in the eyes of God Almighty, it was not sin! For saving lives of millions of people if death of few was mandated… then no papa karma (act of sin) was indulged by the incumbent.
Lord Krishna says to Arjuna: As and when one indulged in karma with an unattached attitude… he was never affected by the fruits of karma performed! Why? When our soul atman, the consciousness within was the absolute master and controller of human life… the fruits of all karma performed by human beings always belonged to our soul atman, the spirit within… and never the manifest physical human form.
In the battlefield if Arjuna faces his enemy head-on to re-establish Dharma (righteousness) against evil forces of adharma (lawlessness)… then it was not only his duty but a karma indulged for the benefit of mankind. Such indulgence in karma never invoked act of sin against the incumbent! A true karma Yogi indulging in karma for benefit of mankind never indulges in sin… says Lord Krishna! God Almighty always forgives such acts of sin in favor of mankind.
Lord Krishna further advises Arjuna to live like a petal of Lotus… never attaching self to fruits of karma performed! No matter how precarious the circumstances, one must always indulge in karma for the sake of mankind… never the individual self! The hesitation on part of Arjuna to indulge in karma was an act of cowardice as karma performed by Arjuna was not directed towards the enemy but was indulged for benefit of mankind at large!
Spirituality truthfully was never meant for the individual self! The fruits of spiritual path always became available to one only when one indulged in karma yoga for sake of mankind, never otherwise! As Arjuna was supposed to indulge in karma with a selfless attitude… where was the question of incurring an act of sin! As per Lord Krishna… to save lives of millions of people, if the death of few was warranted… then it was not sin!
Lord Krishna was absolutely clear in his surmise on the topic of karma yoga! It was up to Arjuna to comprehend hidden inner truths of life. The preacher was available, his competence was unquestionable… it was only the competence of student that was at stake! Right from the beginning of war of Mahabharata, Lord Krishna knew well that he would be able to convince Arjuna to fight the battle of adharma (lawlessness) to the best of his capability.
The moment Arjuna realized the essence of sayings of Krishna… he fought the battle of dharma (righteousness) to its logical end. Through Arjuna Lord Krishna was finally able to re-establish Dharma (righteousness). Bhagavad Gita chapter 5 verse 10 is very significant in the respect that it signifies importance of indulging in sin for the sake of mankind. To save lives of millions of people… if small sin is incurred, then it was not sin… says Lord Krishna!
Commentary by: Vijay Kumar “Atma Jnani”… The Man who Realized God in 1993 – April 23, 2013
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