Do Your Duty Happily without Attachment to its Results. Hey everyone, I hope you are all well. In today’s post, I will share Do your duty happily without attaching to its results. Or, in other words, live your life without expecting anything in return. I think we all need a bit of happiness in our lives right now. Happiness is not living in a fool’s paradise. It is not living in oneself, oblivious of the outside world. Life is not a bed of roses.
Do Your Duty Happily Without Attachment To Its Results
Here One Has To Struggle And Fight For Justice
All our actions are with a view to some results. But often, we fail to achieve that result. Sometimes we get even opposite results than our expectations. For example, when we do a good turn to somebody and instead of being grateful to use the person accuses us. Failure to achieve our goals often leads us to unhappiness.
What is the solution to it?
Gita, the Hindu religious and philosophical text, perhaps the only holy book in the world that was delivered on the battlefield, has an attractive solution. It says,
“You have the right to action only, never to its results; never be attached to the results of your actions, but don’t take to inaction also.” Gita (2.47)
How Beautiful And Unique!
It teaches us that one should do one’s duty without being unduly concerned about its results. It does not mean that one should do whatever comes to one’s fancy without considering its consequences. Duty means prescribed duty. Its effects cannot be undesirable. But the action may result in success or failure. We should not be unduly concerned with this. The cause of all unhappiness is thwarted desires. This does not teach us to be indifferent to the results of our actions and do them indifferently. It teaches us to do our best. If the results are not as expected, we should have faith in God.
The Battlefield Of Mahabharat
Mind you, all this preaching about detachment from the results of one’s action is being taught on the battlefield of Mahabharat when a great war is to be fought. This war is between cousins, brothers, and near relatives fighting on opposing sides. Arjun has said that he did not want to fight a war in which he had to kill not only close relatives but elders and teachers. Krishna is trying to tell him that he must fight. The reward is a great kingdom. Yet Krishna is talking of fighting a war at the cost of dying or killing one’s near and dear, and yet doing so without attachment to its results!
Yet, if you come to think of it, it is the best theory about life. Attachment brings uncertainty, worry, and tension. This non-attachment to the results is very psychological too.
Too much worry about the results of our actions affects the latter negatively.
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