Three Questions pertaining to DOER
(Verse Nos.26,27,28 of Ch.XVIII, The Gita)
Was the individual as a doer, free from attachment, free from egoism, full of a fixed impersonal resolution and a calm rectitude of zeal, unelated by success, and undepressed by failure?
Was he eagerly attached to the work, passionately desirous of fruit, greedy, impure, often violent, cruel and brutal in the means he uses, full of joy in success and of grief in failure?
Was he a doer with a mind mechanical, unthinking, stubborn and obstinate, cunning, insolent, lazy, despondent and procrastinating?

Comment:The right doer is humble and resolute. He does not seek something for himself. His contentment always shows up. The moon is not affected by the vibrations of its reflections in a lake. Clouds bump into other clouds and create great thunder and lightning; but the space in which all this happens is always the same. The big waves swallow the small waves; but the ocean remains the same. Where there is sun, there is no darkness; the sun never meets darkness, the right doer never indulges in the opposite of righteousness. Just as the ocean does not distinguish between its waters, whether they originate from this river or that river, so also the right doer does not distinguish between his actions, whether this or that is to his liking . On the other hand, the greedy doer is constantly thinking of this reward or that consequence. In fact such a doer is the fertile ground for all thedesires of the world. He is not ignorant, but he is a go-getter irrespective of the means he adopts. The ignorant kind on the other hand makes no improvement on his nature. He is so stubborn in error and obstinate in stupidity that even his attempted good actions give only the opposite results. In addition he is so mediocre that his mediocrity increases by every action of his -- just as garbage heaps up by more garbage. And in this way he sets up a pattern for himself that the good things that others may do for him rebound from him as a virus that hurts and destroys. And he takes a foolish pride in this doing of his.

February 15 1999
Copyright V. Krishnamurthy
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