Bhagavad Gita 2.47 and Yoga


Do the work that comes to you, but don’t look for the results.  Don’t be motivated by the fruits of your actions, nor become attached to inaction.  2.47 Bhagavad Gita

The physical practice of yoga is the perfect place to practice chapter 2 verse 47 of the Bhagavad Gita.  Our job as practitioners is to come to the mat and offer our best unattached to the results.  Every time we arrive at our mat is different.  One moment to the next our body is constantly changing.  If we arrive with the mindset and hopes of achieving a specific outcome, we may end up disappointed.  The fact is when we are unconcerned about the results, we are able to focus entirely on the journey and the effort along the way that will produce the results, but this does something else as well, it increase our chances for a better outcome, just because we focused on what we were doing, as oppose to what we would receive by doing.

The Gita teaches that we may own our action, but the fruit of the action is not our own, but that of the creator.  The mercy of the creator has blessed us with the power to do many things, and all things we do, can’t be done without the creator.  The creator is the only source of the power by which we perform all our actions.  It is impossible to have this life, without the energy circulating through these bodies of ours.   In the Holy Bible, it states:

…with God all things are possible.  Matthew 19.26


We own our actions, but we also own our inactions.  To attach ourselves to inaction is to deprive ourselves of life.  We must act within our means, and have faith that our best is enough.


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